Money Matters

By: Andrea Wilcox
By: Andrea Wilcox

One local funding organization has wrapped up its campaign with a shortfall and a second is expressing concerns.

Money matters are a concern for the executive director of the O'Neill Senior Center, especially since the local chapter of the United Way fell short of its monetary goal.

Terry Zdale says, "We were warned this might. We're very sad to see this happen, but at the same time we're very thankful to the United Way for everything they've done for us over the years."

The United Way money given to the O'Neill Center is used for transportation services, a service that helps nearly 300 seniors.

Also concerned, officials at EVE won't be receiving the dollar amount they originally thought.

Executive Director Wendy Tuck says, "I was like, oh dear, it's just not a good year in terms of funding. We will have to look for other sources."

As a result of the United Way shortfall, you may see a lot of fundraisers popping up in Marietta during the next year.

However, it's not just the Pioneer City. The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley also says they're having problems.

Executive Director Joyce Mather says, "The hurricanes the Gulf coast experienced really had a dramatic impact, because a lot of folks from the Mid-Ohio Valley sent funds for that relief effort, understandably so."

Mather's United Way chapter hasn't yet finished its campaign for the year. While Mather says she is concerned about the funding, she remains hopeful.

"Several national corporate leadership companies that are major givers to United Way campaigns nation wide have not yet turned in their campaign results."

Back in Marietta, EVE and O'Neill center officials say they'll find a way to move on and find some funds so their services will continue uninterrupted.

If interested in donating to the United Way visit the Web site, www.uwmov.com.


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