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Local United Way Director speaks to Kiwanis Club, recaps busy first year

United Way of Logan County Executive Director Jim Donnelly (pictured) spoke during the Bellefontaine Kiwanis Club meeting Thursday.

Jim retired after a 46-year career with Super Foods/ GMS/Nash Finch in June 2011. In January 2012, he joined The United Way overseeing two associates and hundreds of volunteers.

The 2012 United Way campaign raised $663,000 dollars which was $8,000 more than the goal of $655,000.

The United Way of Logan County began in November 1955 and the first campaign generated $3,000. Fifty-seven years later it generates over $600,000. In the last ten years, United Way of Logan County has raised over $7 million.

The revenue supports 22 non-profit agencies within the county. One-third of residents are in some way affected by the generated funds. Eighty-five cents out of every dollar supports a cause through their programs.

The United Way of Logan County has 21 board members and a 13-member allocation committee reviews agencies that make suggestions to the board. The Youth Allocation Committee has 20 students from the five schools in Logan County. They receive some money to give away and decide who receives the funds.

In 2012, Donnelly started a communication link bi-monthly electronic newsletter, a Facebook page and social media, and raised the amount of youth allocations. At the annual meeting in April, the United Way honored the hundreds of volunteers and Ilene Heaton for her 24 years at the helm. Mike Mullins was named as 2012 Campaign Chair in May. In June, the offices were moved to the Main Street Marketplace. A “Stuff the Bus” promotion in August provided much needed school supplies to five area schools. September saw the Annual Kick-Off Meeting on Court Street and October, November, and December had business campaigns and individual solicitations. Also in December, the Untied Way received and reviewed agency grant requests.

The 2013 goals for the United Way are:

1. A new website.

2. Improve social media.

3. A strategic plan - a road map to the future.

4. A campaign goal of $700,000

Next week the Kiwanis Club will hear from dietician Amy Jones, who will educate the club about a gluten-free diet.

The Bellefontaine Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday at noon at the Elks Building on North Main Street.

We encourage open dialogue among people who may disagree. Difficult conversations must be had sometimes to make progress. If you disagree, please disagree respectfully. Cruelty will not be tolerated. This is a family friendly group.
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