CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The United Way of Central West Virginia closed its annual community fundraising campaign on Tuesday, having raised more than $2 million -- the 30th consecutive year that the local United Way's campaign has reached that goal."Like many other communities around our country, central West Virginia has felt the impact of budget reductions, fiscal cliffs, and general economic stress. Through it all, people just like you all around our area recognized the need of others and contributed [generously]," Timothy Miller, the United Way volunteer campaign chairman and a lawyer with Robinson and McElwee in Charleston, said at a luncheon Wednesday.Miller said the fundraising campaign fell just short of its $2.3 million goal, but there were plenty of positive things to talk about.Several corporate campaigns were successful even in light of the overall shortfall, said Paul White, United Way board chairman and executive vice president of Commercial Insurance Services. Those include BB&T, which was recognized as the largest campaign in terms of increased giving over last year, total employee giving, and total overall giving.
White also said the Wehrle family of Charleston was recognized for their donations. "That's a family that has done so much for the United Way over the years, including this year," he said.
The featured speaker at the luncheon was Dennis Mosley, who battled alcoholism and drug addiction with the help of the Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home in Charleston, according to John Ballengee, executive director of the United Way of Central West Virginia."They really do a great job with people who need some encouragement, who need some support, some role models to lead them through the crisis in their lives," Ballengee said of the Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home. The United Way-supported program helped 48 people with alcohol rehabilitation in 2012, according to the United Way.Mosley completed the program in one year and is now eight hours away from his college degree, he said."He's kind of been through the valley and is coming out on the other side," Ballengee said.In all, local programs supported by the United Way helped 60,595 people in the area. The programs offered emergency and financial assistance, shelter, crisis counseling, medical and dental assistance, child care, safety and first-aid training, and many other types of help.