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Story published: 10-03-2012 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Local United Way sets 2012 goal of $34,000

United Way helps make 4-H programs like this one possible.

By Paula Walter

Every year, agencies within Johnson County and Mountain City depend on the generosity of local citizens to help fund their endeavors through the local chapter of the United Way. This year the organization has set a goal of $34,000 for its annual campaign. The kick off date is just around the corner on October 1, 2012.

The United Way of Mountain City and Johnson County is comprised of hard-working individuals. They have no paid staff and hold to a tight administrative budget of just nine percent. The only expenses incurred are for the use of the United Way logo and costs for a yearly financial audit. The monies received by the local United Way are used to assist people in their own communities.

This year, the Allocation Panel for the United Way of Mountain City and Johnson County met and approved 13 of the 13 applications they received. According to Ruth Ann Osborne, president of the local United Way, fewer agencies applied this year as in previous years. Second District Volunteer Fire Department, serving Cold Spring and Forge Creek, requested funds to buy turnout gear. Last August, there was a fire at station number one that caused a loss of some of their equipment. The Third District Volunteer Fire Department in Trade needed monies to purchase fire gloves and boots. They too struggled this year with having enough funds to purchase the necessary equipment as they had damage to their pumper truck amounting to $10,000. They also incurred $1,160 in repairs to their tanker, depleting much of their emergency funds.

The Fourth District Fire Department in Neva also requested monies to buy turn out gear. The department has two new members that need the protective equipment. The Sixth District Fire Department in Butler put in a request for help to purchase coveralls, along with updated radio and pagers necessary for the fire fighters. The Eighth District, located in Shady Valley, asked for funds to be used towards the cost of a generator, radio batteries and a computer.

The American Red Cross requested funding that is spent on assisting people in Johnson County that have lost their homes due to disasters. They are ready at a momentís notice to reach out to victims. The American Red Cross does not receive any funding from the federal government. The organization is called immediately when a fire or natural disaster hits the county.

The Johnson County 4-H Club asked for monies to go toward their Junior Camp Scholarships for next summer. Of the 49 children who attended the camp this past summer, 20 of them received scholarships. This program pays for half of the cost of camp as the family is responsible for the remainder of the fee.

The Johnson County Cancer Center reaches out to patients who may need extra help with travel expenses going to and from treatments, nutritional supplements and even medicine and medical supplies. This organization strictly runs on volunteers who give of their time and money to assist those suffering from cancer within the county. The Johnson County Emergency Heating Assistance for Seniors is another organization that is dependent on gifts of time, talent and funding. Their mission is to assist seniors in need. Each applicant is carefully screened and must meet financial requirements. This past year, 41 people received heating assistance.

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