United Way presents awards

ELKINS – Representatives of the United Way of Randolph County traveled to two local schools Friday to thank staff members for their support and present the schools with traveling trophies.

Executive Director JoBeth Agnor and Campaign Chairman Gary Clay presented wooden plaques to the staff at Homestead Elementary School and the Randolph Technical Center for their fundraising efforts during the 2012 United Way Campaign.

“Each school principal looks at the school employees and decides on the most appropriate workplace campaign strategy,” Clay said. “Campaigns can range from a dinner to a dress down for donations, whatever works best for those employees. The goal is to give employees the opportunity to support these many worthwhile local organizations.”

Homestead Elementary teacher Jennifer Workman said she contributes because she receives some of the benefits.

“I am grateful for the Foster Grandparent Program,” Workman said. “It is a very worthwhile program that benefits my students.”

Homestead Principal Diane Hull and teacher Richard Rosencrance said they like that the campaign supports Boy Scouts. Hull and Rosencrance each have sons that were Eagle Scouts.

Hull said the school’s pupils applauded teachers for their participation, Hull said.

Clay said the initiative through the school system netted 72 donors, 29 of which elected to use payroll deductions.

At the Randolph Technical Center, instructor Levi Fletcher helped raise donations through a “dress down” day.

“On Fridays, our teachers can wear blue jeans if they make a $5 donation,” Fletcher said. “The program worked very well, and everyone had fun while supporting local organizations.”

“Lots of folks choose to donate through workplace payroll deduction,” Clay said. “Every donation helps get us to our goal, and payroll deductions make it easy to help. Giving a little bit each week or every two weeks through a payroll deduction makes it easy for the donor to help, and a little from everyone combines to help those 27 local organizations.”

Clay said the United Way of Randolph County has representatives willing to talk with employees about a workplace campaign. Additional information is available by calling 304-636-0516 or emailing unitedwayofrandolphco@gmail.com.

Proceeds from the United Way of Randolph County benefit 27 local organizations, including the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Catholic Charities West Virginia, Energy Express, Foster Grandparent Program, Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council, Helping Hand Clearinghouse, Elkins/Randolph County Library, Helvetia Library, Pioneer Library, Tygart Valley Library, Valley Head Library, Literacy Volunteers of West Virginia, Meals on Wheels, North Central Community Action (Homeless Shelter), Randolph County Cancer Support Group, Randolph County Children’s Advocacy Center, Randolph County Domestic Training & Referral, Randolph County Emergency Squad, Randolph County Family Resource Network, Randolph County Humane Society, Randolph County Senior Center, Randolph County Sheltered Workshop (Seneca Designs), Senior Companion Program, Women’s Aid In Crisis, Elkins-Randolph County YMCA and Youth Health Services.

Contact Beth Christian Broschart at 304-636-2124, ext. 114 or by e-mail at bbroschart@theintermountain.com. Follow her on Twitter at IMT_Broschart.