Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Oct. 9 newspaper on Page A7.
JACKSON — In late September, the United Fund of Jackson County kicked-off its fundraising season with their annual breakfast.
The breakfast was held on Thursday, Sept. 26. This year, everyone gathered at the W4C Recovery Ministries Hope Center in Jackson. There were 16 of 25 agencies served by United Fund of Jackson County present at the event.
The United Fund was formed several years ago with the mission of conducting one fund drive per year to raise money for the operation of various participating community agencies. The fund-raising program is directed and administered by a group of 15 volunteer county board members, consisting of five each from Jackson, Wellston and Oak Hill.
Agencies that benefit from United Fund dollars include: The Jackson County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Community Assault Prevention Services (CAP), the Simon Kenton Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America, Food Pantry/Clothesline, Jackson Board on Aging, Inc., Jackson County YMCA, COAD/RSVP of the Ohio Valley, Recreation Commission of the Oak Hill Booster Club, Warriors 4 Christ, the Jackson County Recreation Department, Southern Hills Arts Council, Habitat for Humanity, J-VAC Industries, Lillian Jones Museum, Jackson County 4-H Program/Advisory Council, Humane Society of Jackson County, Oaks United, Inc., Make Wellston Beautiful, Health Recovery Services, My Brother’s Place, Jesus In The Hills, Jackson Area Festival and Events (JAFE) Food Giveaway Program, Serenity House and Oak Hill Food Pantry.
During the kick-off breakfast, the agencies present explained how they use the funds given to them. All funds raised in Jackson County stay in Jackson County thanks to the generosity of giving people and corporations.
According to United Fund of Jackson County Treasurer Terri Turner, the organization has set a goal of $150,000 to be raised in the 2020 effort, which runs from Sept. 26 through Dec. 31, 2019.