United Charities kicks off 2012 fund campaign to raise $90,000

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“Reaching out, sharing all, changing lives” is the Ohio Valley United Charities Inc., theme for its 2012 fundraising campaign it launched this month as it seeks financial support for 24 area charities for grants totaling $90,000.  In operation since 1998, the non-profit organization composed of volunteers from Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Owen and Trimble counties seeks pledges and donations from area businesses and industries that helps designated charities give back services to the community.

Gallatin Steel General Manager Mark Santen launched the industrial giving to this year’s campaign when he presented a check from the corporation for $15,000 to United Charities’s Vice-President Malcolm Carraco.

“We are pleased to be a part of this organization by giving to its worthy causes because it does so much for this community,” Santen said.

Fundraising efforts continue at businesses and industries throughout the five county area following the organization’s 12th annual golf scramble on Aug, 10, sponsored by CertainTeed Gypsum which featured presentations by several of the charities receiving grants.

“Because of the financial support of people in our communities, through the years,  the Ohio Valley United Charities  has given over $600,000 to as many as 30 deserving local charities,” president Jama Snyder said. “All donated money goes to the selected charities. Our board of directors is all volunteer and donate their time and talents to make sure the charities of these counties are served. We have no paid help and no administrative overhead, so every penny donated is given to a charity.”

Volunteers from Ohio Valley United Charities will be calling upon area individuals and businesses to contribute by pledging money through payroll deduction during 2012.  Fund-raising efforts  began Oct. 1, and continue through Dec 31. Those who pledge to United Charities by Dec. 31st  will be eligible for a drawing for incentive prizes donated by area businesses including a color television donated by McNeal’s, $250 cash donated by Crawford and Baxter Law Firm, $100 donated by Welty Enterprises, and more than $500 in gift cards and other prizes.

“Requests for funding from area charities for 2011 exceeded our  $90,000  budget,” vice president of charity funding Malcolm Carraco said.  “We were pleased, however, to make  individual grants ranging from $1,000 to $6,000, with several charities receiving $5,000 each.”

A committee of five board members review grant applications for funding and make recommendations to the full board of directors which votes on the grants.  Money donated is returned to the county of the donor’s choice, Carraco explained.

Organizations receiving funding in Carroll County for 2012 include: Carroll County Training Consortium; Jefferson Community College and Technical Foundation; Carroll County Public Library; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Carroll County; Carroll County 4-H Council; Cinderella’s Closet; Northern Kentucky Community Action; and Women’s Crisis Center.

Anyone interested in donating or assisting in fundraising  can contact Snyder at Dow Corning, (502) 732-0002,  Ruth Baxter, treasurer,  at (502) 732-6688, or send donations to P.O. Box 528, Carrollton, Ky. 41008.