Anita Carvajal accepts a donation from Van Wert Hospital’s Jennifer Williams and Brett Taylor who chaired the hospital campaign. The United Way of Van Wert County has reached the 80 percent mark in its 2013 fundraising campaign. (Photo submitted)
Anita Carvajal accepts a donation from Van Wert Hospital’s Jennifer Williams and Brett Taylor who chaired the hospital campaign. The United Way of Van Wert County has reached the 80 percent mark in its 2013 fundraising campaign. (Photo submitted)


VAN WERT — It appears the United Way of Van Wert County will come up short in its 2013 fundraising campaign, but as of the beginning of February the agency has raised more than 80 percent of goal.

“We still have two industries who have not reported a total and some other contributions to come in, but it looks like we will end up at about $425,000 like we did last year,” announced 2013 Campaign Chair Anita Carvajal. “We are grateful to individuals, businesses, industries, organizations, and everyone who did make a contribution to the 2013 campaign.”

The fundraising campaign goal is set at $500,000. The funds collected go to help support 24 non-profit agencies around the county.
There were plenty of good news items in the campaign fundraising report.

“The United Way is pleased to announce that we had an increase in pledges from the Van Wert County Hospital employees and the hospital itself,” stated Carvajal. “Employees pledged a total of $7,680, a 13 percent increase and the hospital pledged $7,000, a 29% increase.”



Other bright spots include giving from county employees, which totaled 122 percent of the campaign goal. Other areas exceeding 100 percent of goal include city government, county government, county education, real estate, and individuals. Other localities exceeding goal were Convoy, Middle Point, Ohio City, Willshire, and the townships of Harrison, Hoaglin, Jackson, Liberty, Pleasant, Tully, Willshire, and York.

Agencies supported by the United Way include: the American Red Cross, Angel Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Buckeye Y, Convoy Food Bank, Convoy Sports Center, Van Wert County Council on Aging, Delphos Senior Citizens Center, Family & Children First, Family Health Care, Habitat For Humanity, Help Me Grow, Lincolnview Latchkey, Middle Point Community Recreation Association, Ohio City Youth Activities, Salvation Army, Victims Services of Van Wert County, Wee Care Learning Center, West Ohio Food Bank, Willshire Youth Activities, Wren Youth Activities, Van Wert County YMCA, and the YWCA of Van Wert County