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United Way kicks off 2022 campaign

SALEM — United Way Services of Northern Columbiana County kicked off its 2022 fundraising campaign last month, with many thanks to contributors who helped the 2021 campaign surpass its goal.

“I’d like to express our appreciation to the community. We got most of our contributions from individuals,” United Way Executive Director George W.S. Hays said.

Earlier this year, the United Way Services of Northern Columbiana County celebrated after going 5 percent over the goal of $220,025 set for 2021, which was the first time reaching goal since 2015. The goal for the 2022 campaign is $224,275.

Hays said a bulk mailing of 500 will go out to past contributors, both individuals and workplace contributors who may have retired. He noted that workplace campaigns across the United Way network have been in decline, but said “we still have some strong contributors in the Salem area in employee and corporate giving.”

United Way Services of Northern Columbiana County is funding 18 agencies in 2022, including: A.I.D. Inc. (Action, Information, Direction), Boy Scouts of America Buckeye Council, Camp Fire Tayanoka, Catholic Charities Regional Agency, Christians’ Concern of Leetonia, Columbiana Meals on Wheels, Family & Community Services of Columbiana County, Family Recovery Center, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, Help Network of Northeast Ohio, R.S.V.P. (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association, Salem Worlds War Memorial Building, Project MKC, Quota Club International, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, Salvation Army-Salem Corps, and Salvation Army-Northern Columbiana County Service Units.

Agencies in the past year provided: numerous services to youth for camping, tutoring, ethics and morals training, character, confidence and courage building and classroom programming; referrals to more than 2,000 individuals for shelter, utilities, food, fuel, repairs, crisis intervention prescriptions, transportation, counseling, clothing and daily essentials; occupational, physical, speech and hearing assistance for hundreds of people; 5 million pounds of food and fresh produce to 31 sites, with 14,880 individuals (including 4,600 children) considered food insecure in Columbiana County; senior support action group, volunteers to multiple agencies, ABLE/GED classes, tax preparation and medication assistance; skilled and non-skilled health services, 10,000 resilience bags, counseling sessions, Telehealth and numerous support groups, substance abuse and recovery programs; 20,000 meals delivered to homes or served at community sites; and 920 crisis calls, 167 protection orders, legal advocacy, counseling services and case management related to domestic violence.

To donate, checks can be written to United Way Services of Northern Columbiana County and mailed to the United Way office at 210 E. State St., Salem, Ohio 44460. Credit card donations can also be made through the website at www.unitedwayofncc.org where there’s a link to MobileCause.

To learn more, call Hays at 330-337-0310 or visit the website at www.unitedwayofncc.org.

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