The 2016 United Way campaign has officially begun, and local officials are encouraging residents to Color Our World A Better Place – and contribute to the $340,000 goal.
This year’s efforts are being chaired by Andy, Heather and Tenley Bell. Andy and Heather, both educators in the Bradford Area School District, said they are passionate about the children and families of our community.
“We feel we share a responsibility for the future of our society,” they said. “The United Way brings people together to turn the stories around for those most in need right here in our own community. That’s why we choose to give.”
The Bell family, along with other volunteers, staff and board, will continue the momentum that the community has seen from the local office, aiming to not only reach the monetary goal, but to raise awareness through the community that giving to the United Way is still the easiest way to touch the greatest number of lives.
The campaign is already at four percent of the monetary goal, according to Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis. The efforts continue through December 15, with money raised being allocated to local agencies during the 2017 calendar year.
The community is encouraged to help celebrate this year’s campaign at the 18th annual pig roast/clam bake, presented by Northwest Savings Bank, which is scheduled for September 1st at the West Branch Community Center.
Advanced reservations are $35 per person (walk-ins will be $40 per person), and include a buffet dinner, desserts and beverages. A cash bar, 50/50 tickets and raffles are also available. Additional sponsorship has been provided by Penn Laurel Realty, as well as in-kind contributions from Sheetz and Bradford City Beers. Proceeds from the event benefit the United Way. Those wishing to attend can reserve their tickets online at www.uwbanews.org or by calling the office.