JAMESTOWN – The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County kicked off its 2018 Annual Campaign on Thursday, while also welcoming community members to its new office location on Pine Street in downtown Jamestown.
The chairman this year is Kurt Eimiller of Slone Melhuish Insurance, who said the campaign’s goal for this year is $1.3 million and he’s hoping everyone in the community who has the ability to give will consider making a contribution.
“We’ll be getting out the campaigns tot he businesses around the area and we’ll be coming back to see how things are going. We may have to push a little bit, I might have to go in and talk to some folks and see if they can do little more,” Eimiller said, adding, “When they see what it goes toward, I think people want to do it. I think most people just have to know that it’s out there and be made aware of it.”
United Way of Southern Chautauqua County Executive Director Amy Rohler said all contributions will stay in the community and go toward 26 community partners and 39 programs.
“A lot of people don’t realize that 100 percent of their donations stay here locally in Chautauqua County and it often goes toward programs that they probably already either utilize in their family or support, including scholarships for working families to boy scouts and girls scouts, meals on wheels which many of our parents or grandparents have benefited from, Chautauqua Adult Day Services,” Rohler said. “Also about 50 percent of our campaign goes toward academic success.”
The campaign will continue until early 2019.
In addition to raising awareness about the campaign, an open house also took place for the new location at 208 Pine Street.