The overall goal is $3.3 million.
BOARDMAN -- The Youngstown/Mahoning Valley United Way 2002 Pacesetter Campaign wants to raise $925,000, a 10-percent increase of corporate and employee giving.
The Pacesetter Campaign kickoff was Wednesday at the Holiday Inn in Boardman.
The overall goal of United Way's general campaign is $3.3 million.
Tom Cavalier, chairman, president and CEO of Butler Wick Corp. and chairman of the 2002 Youngstown/Mahoning Valley United Way, said if the Pacesetter goal is met, it would represent about 30 percent of the overall goal achieved by the time the general campaign begins Aug. 27.
The Pacesetter Division includes 34 local businesses and all 31 United Way agencies which have a strong history of support for United Way. They have agreed to run an early campaign to set the pace for the general campaign, Cavalier said.
& quot;Building momentum in these early months is critical to the success of the annual campaign, & quot; said Cavalier.
The Pacesetter Committee is made up of Mark Luke, National City Bank, chairman; Paul Garchar, Potential Development; Mathew Hinderegger, National City Bank; Robert McBride, Compco Industries; Tom Murray, National City Bank; Nancy Voitus, Catholic Charities Regional Agency; Elizabeth Wellman-Hartwig, Butler Wick & amp; Co.; and Cindy Wollet, Packer Thomas.
Volunteers are crucial
& quot;As a volunteer-driven organization, United Way relies on volunteers in all aspects of the organization, from helping to raise funds, to assisting with public relations efforts, to planning, reviewing community needs and investing funds in agency programs. By contributing their time, talents and efforts to United Way, our volunteers are helping to make our community a better place - for all of us, & quot; said Don Cagigas, United Way president and chief professional officer.
The Pacesetter businesses and their affiliated unions are: AIM NationaLease; Altronic, Inc.; Ames Department Store; Butler Wick & amp; Company; Central Day Care; Cohen & amp; Co.; Community Corporation; Compco Industries & amp; United Steelworkers of America Local 5938; Consumers Ohio Water Company & amp; Utility Workers Union of America AFL-CIO Local 425; Farmers National Bank; First Place Bank; General Extrusions, Inc. & amp; USWA Local 5154; Hill, Barth & amp; King; Home Savings & amp; Loan Company; Hynes Industries and USWA Local 2377; J.C. Penney; Lamar Outdoor Advertising; Masonry Materials Plus and & amp; Teamsters Local 377; Metropolitan National Bank; MS Consultants; National City Bank; Ohio Edison and Utility Workers Union of America Local 118; Packer Thomas; Parker Hannifin Corporation and USWA Local 2332; Sam's Club; Seven Seventeen Credit Union and CPEIU Local 1794; Sky Bank; True North Management; Trumbull Industries and Teamsters Local 377; Wal-Mart; Youngstown Buick Pontiac GMC Truck; Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber; and Yurchyk & amp; Davis.