United Way's Capitol Club kicks off 2020 campaign

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you are warm and enjoying a relaxing time with friends and family. But we ask you to pause and consider others who may not be as fortunate. Grandparents who are raising grandchildren and struggling to put food on the table, children wearing sandals to school as the weather grows colder, or the neighbor in recovery looking for a second chance — your United Way of Central West Virginia is here to help.

In 2020, United Way of Central West Virginia will fund in part nearly 44 programs in five central West Virginia counties: Kanawha, Putnam, Boone, Logan and Clay. These programs are built around three building blocks we know are important to a good life: health, education and financial stability. Programs include after school programs, home delivered meals for seniors and shoes for children in need. We also work closely with our safety net organizations. These include disaster services through the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, domestic violence shelters and child advocacy centers.

Our campaign theme this year is “Taking Steps in a New Direction,” with the goal of $1,500,000. We are asking for your help, through a pretax payroll deduction, cash, check or credit card. You individually can help us maximize our impact collectively in your community. Whether it’s $1, $5 or $10 a week, every dollar helps. So, yes, take care of your family, take care of your church, but then please consider a donation to the United Way of Central West Virginia. Thank you for your time for helping us create better opportunities and stronger communities.

Giving is easy. Visit our website at www.unitedwaycwv.org to make your donation online. We also invite you to visit our Facebook page for up-to-date information on activities happening at our United Way. Employers who would like to schedule a workplace campaign or simply meet with us to find out more about United Way can call our office and ask for Kristi Wheeler or Margaret O’Neal at 304-340-3500. Remember, you do more than make a donation, you change lives.

The following list of generous donors that make up our Capitol Club give at least $500 and account for more than 50 percent of giving through our local campaign. Workplace campaigns and individual donations are crucial in reaching this goal. Donations listed have been received and processed through Nov. 15, 2019:

Alexis de Tocqueville Society, with a gift of at least $10,000: Dwight A. Foley, Kathy and Marty Becker, William Maxwell Davis, John and Fonda Elliot, Pat and Jessica Graney, D. Stephen and Diane H. Walker

Governors, with a gift of at least $5,000: Steve and Anne Roberts, Richard and Marion Sinclair

Chief Justices, with a gift of at least $3,600: Jay and Simone Thomas

Justices, with a gift of at least $2,400: Holmes and Antoinette Morrison, Judge and Mrs. John T. Copenhaver Jr., Rob and Jackie Berthold, Victor and Ellen Kay Bastron, Troy and Charlotte Stallard, Rick Lehman, LCM and DCM

Senate Presidents, with a gift of at least $1,800: Callen J. McJunkin, Dr. Daniel and Linda Taylor

Senators, with a gift of at least $1,300: Allan and Debbie McVey, Andy and Margo Teeter, Bob and Ruth Tinney

Speakers of the House, with a gift of at least $1,000: Jim and Ann Nelson, Britt and Judy McJunkin, Bill and Noel Hassen, Susan and David Hill, Tom Lane, Sally and Charlie Love, Nikki Moses, Ike and Stuart Smith, Mr. and Mrs. L. Newton Thomas Jr., Edward Ward, Chuck Wirts

Delegates, with a gift of at least $700: Andrew Ceperley, Thomas Heywood and Melody Simpson, Rhonda and Harry Mitchell, Dr. and Mrs. Marshall Carper, Kathryn Burgess, Pam and David McFarland, Cada Martin

Congressional Society, with a gift of at least $500: Martha and Scott Phillips, Dr. Ronald Eisinger, Ronald S. Kirk, Anthony Majestro, Ujjal and Sukhbinder Sandhu, John Burkard, Randy and Judy Foxx, Chuck Hamilton, Dr. Samuel King II, Jessica and Ryan Lindsay, Steve and Beth Robey, Bob and Janet Simpson, Sam R. Uppala, Drs. Purushottam and Saronjni Verma

Note: * denotes increased pledge

Funerals for Saturday, December 7, 2019

Blackshire, Judith - 11 a.m., Sunset Memorial Park, Charleston.

Breckenridge, Robert - 2 p.m., Emmanuel Tabernacle Baptist Church, Page Hill.

Butler, Larry - Noon, Stump Funeral Home & Cremation Inc., Grantsville.

Byers, David - 6 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Cincinnati, Freda -11:30 a.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Montgomery.

Colby III, Ronald - 11 a.m., Alban Arts Center, St. Albans.

Fetty, Julia - 2:30 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Findley, Reva - 3 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane,

Fletcher, Christopher - Noon, First Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Griffith, Martha - 1 p.m., Forks of Coal Baptist Church Cemetery, Alum Creek.

Harris, Mark - Noon, Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church, Charleston.

Harris, Roy - 1 p.m., Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer.

Hinkle, Virginia - 5 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove.

Holland, William - 4 p.m., Dunbar First Church of God, Dunbar.

James, Susan - 1 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Lokant, Raymond - 1 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Moores, Patricia - 11:30 a.m., Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.

Morrison, William - Noon, Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, Flatwoods.

Porterfield, Keven - 3 p.m., Old Faith Community Church, Sissonville.

Settle, Donald - 7 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Starcher, James - 1 p.m., Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Stevens, Olyn - 1 p.m., Elk Funeral Home, Charleston.

Summers, Rosalie - 11 a.m., St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston.

Taylor, Edward - 10 a.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Charleston.

Vance, Brian - 10 a.m., Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Charleston.