TRUMBULL COUNTY United Way honors volunteers, reflects on successful year

The success of United Way of Trumbull County in 2001 tested the economy's strength.
HOWLAND -- United Way of Trumbull County recognized its volunteers and other supporters Thursday while electing its leaders.
"Clearly, 2001 was a year that none of use will ever forget," Edward C. Taylor, newly elected chairman of the United Way's board of directors and trustees, told about 230 representatives of business, labor, agencies and community.
"It was an extraordinary time that tested the resolve of our nation and the strength of our economy," said Taylor, retired quality control supervisor at the General Motors Corp. assembly plant at Lordstown.
He noted that working together made it possible for more than 137,000 local individuals to be helped with United Way-funded programs and services in the county.
Funds raised: The county agency raised more than $2.53 million in 2001.
Taylor said during the 79th annual meeting at the Avalon Inn and Resort that the local United Way's fund-raising and administration efficiency ranks in the top 20 percent of similar United Ways nationwide.
As a result, he explained, nearly 88 cents of each dollar is used to provide programs and services.
Taylor, who received a special award for exemplary leadership, presented the Distinguished Service Award to George W. Chestnut, 2001 campaign chairman.
"Clearly, despite a much weakened economy, we set an aggressive campaign goal based on the human service needs of our community," Chestnut asserted.
Chestnut said he believes any fund-raising effort that generates $2.53 million in voluntary contributions must be a success.
Reason for success: "Together, the support of corporations -- large and small -- labor and management, youth and retirees brought about the success of Campaign 2001," Chestnut noted.
"During the past 12 months, their dedication, enthusiasm and commitment gave me a renewed appreciation for our Trumbull County Community."
As a result of the campaign, Taylor explained, United Way will be able to fund more than 140 programs and services through a network of 29 affiliate agencies.
Taylor said he hopes those involved in the United Way will help build a stronger, more caring community.
"Although the challenges we face are more complex, we remain confident that with your continued involvement, our United Way will be able to address a significant share of Trumbull County's human care needs," Taylor said.

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