MAHONING VALLEY United Way exceeds goal for its 2000 fund drive

Four agencies will share more than $560,000 of this year's contributions.
BOARDMAN -- Don Cagigas describes 2000 as a good year for Youngstown-Mahoning Valley United Way.
The agency exceeded its fund-raising goal by collecting more than $3.2 million. Cagigas is UW's president and chief professional officer.
However, according to Herman Maass, retired manager for General Motors' Lordstown Assembly Plant, United Way volunteers shouldn't slow down.
Growing needs: "The needs of the organizations supported by the United Way will not get less," Maass said told the audience at this morning's annual meeting in the Holiday Inn. "Working together, we'll get it done."
About 230 people attended.
Maass said he feels more local residents and corporations need to demonstrate leadership in helping the community.
Quoting a friend, Maass stressed, "the way to get leadership is to take it."
"I came back to the Valley knowing there are many opportunities to take leadership," he said. Maass worked at the Lordstown plant 25 years.
By taking a leadership role, Maass said, local corporate leaders can encourage their workers to give to community organizations like the United Way.
Red Cross: The American Red Cross will get the largest share of this year's allocations, $218,000.
An additional $200,000 will go to the YMCA, $196,000 to Associated Neighborhood Centers, and $179,000 to the Family Service Agency.
United Way funds dozens of agencies.

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