Tonawanda News — JoAnn Mierzwa, executive director of the United Way of the Tonawandas urged those attending the annual kickoff celebration for this year’s Community Care Campaign to spread the word on what UW stands for.
“The United Way helps our families and the community with funding to 13 agencies,” she said.
“For this campaign, job number one is to have people who are aware of, or perhaps are helped by the agencies, find two more people or businesses and educate them to the United Way,” she explained.
Although there is no fixed goal this year, the United Way needs a minimum of $250,000 to fund the agencies. Mierzwa said there are many ways to contribute from a donation either mailed or given online or an amount donated through a paycheck.
“We work with individuals and businesses to help them in every way that is good for them,” Mierzwa said.
Board member Sue Downing said she helps with the campaign because “it’s a great thing. I feel I’m giving back to the community. Many people don’t know how much United Way impacts lives in our communities,” she added.
Members of the agencies as well as community leaders, residents and volunteers gathered at the Sikora American Legion Post in North Tonawanda for the kickoff event.
“Dedicated volunteers donate their time and energy and are a vital component of our organizations,” Mierzwa said.
She noted that the United Way provides support to the agencies that offer quality care and services, taking time to help people when they need it most.
“This is a very difficult time for not-for-profits and there are many organizations that need money. The United Way helps 13 agencies with funding for their services,” Mierzwa said.
Volunteers, not just for the campaign, but to help in the office, are another of the UW goals. Mierzwa has reached out to the high schools to find students who need service hours and would enjoy working at the UW.
For more information, call the United Way of the Tonawandas at 6934-0895.