A driving force to improve the quality of life... United Way will focus on income, education and health.
United Way of Muskingum, Perry and Morgan counties will invest more than $800,000 back into the community. The funding is comprised from individuals, businesses and the government. United Way's Executive Director, Meg Deedrick said, although it may seem like a lot, contributions are down compared to past years.
"The needs certainly though aren't going away," said Deedrick. "And we are committed more than ever to meeting the needs of the community "
Deedrick said, a committee of 10 volunteers meet annually to identify the needs of the community. This year's funding will focus on the quality of education, which she said, leads to a stable job, income and access to affordable healthcare. This is Deedrick's third campaign to raise money for the area, she said, she never feels disappointed.
"It's amazing to me," said Deedrick. "That the people who say, 'I have a say in what my future is going to yield, I have a say in what my future is going to look like, and I may not have a lot to spend, but pulling it with a bunch of others, with a bunch of other concerned individuals, we can effect change in this community."
To make a donation visit United Way of Muskingum, Perry and Morgan Counties online at unitedwayofmpm.org
2011-2012 Funding Levels are as Follows:
-American Red Cross (Muskingum Valley Chapter): $61,677 for Emergency Services, Blood Services and Health Safety.
-Big Brothers Big Sisters of Licking and Perry Counties: $3,823 for Youth Mentoring
-Big Brothers Big Sisters (serving Muskingum, Guernsey, and Morgan Counties): $50,322 for Youth Mentoring
-Boy Scouts, Muskingum Valley Council: $36,882 for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
-Catholic Social Services: $35,664 for Payee Services
-Christ's Table: $15,214 for Homebound Meal Delivery
-Eastside Community Ministry: $56,220 for Emergency Relief and Youth Program
-Girl Scouts of Ohio Heartland Council: $11,221 for Girl Scout Leadership Experience
-Morgan Behavioral Health Choices: $9,842 for Student Assistance Services
-Morgan County Senior Center: $8,672 for Homemaker Assistance
-Muskingum County Literacy Council: $2,563 for Read to Your Bunny
-Muskingum Family Y: $27,109 for Camp Nuhop, Swim Lessons/Water Safety, and Youth Social Development and Financial Assistance.
-The Salvation Army: $47,165 for Emergency Shelter, Soup Kitchen, and Homelessness Prevention
-Zanesville Civic League: $33,626 for the Youth Program