Employees at West Virginia University at Parkersburg worked together to collect donations for those in need this holiday season. Non-perishable food items and gifts for children were donated to the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley and the new campus food pantry, Riverhawk Nest.
The president’s office hosts an annual holiday event for employees where everyone is encouraged to donate a gift for a boy or girl and contribute items to a food drive.
“Giving back to the community through this event is something I look forward to every year” said Tess Martin, program assistant in the WVU Parkersburg president’s office. “The employees always go above and beyond when giving to help make this a magical time of year for others.”
Unfortunately, the needs of many families are amplified this time of year. According to Andrea Shirey, executive director of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley, once most of the major providers for Christmas assistance stop accepting applications, many unmet needs remain.
United Way works closely with those wishing to help families who often have “last minute” needs as a result of sudden job loss, death of a family member or other unexpected hardships. Contributions from WVU Parkersburg have benefited the local United Way for several years.
“These gifts from WVU Parkersburg will allow us to meet many of those last minute needs and make Christmas a little brighter this year for deserving families” said Shirey. “We are grateful to the staff and board at WVU Parkersburg for thinking of United Way and most importantly, for making it a priority to help others. In the midst of a season that tends to be about receiving, it’s nice to see so many focusing on giving instead.”
WVU Parkersburg’s Interim President Dr. Rhonda Tracy along with executive staff members Katie Wootton (Marketing & Communications), Michele Wilson (Workforce & Community Education), Dr. Rose Beebe (Academic Affairs), Alice Harris (Administrative Services) and Anthony Underwood (Student Services) present United Way Executive Director Andrea Shirey with donations.