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County kicks off United Way campaign

Goal is for participation

Chesterfield Supervisor and United Way Campaign chairman Gerald "Gerry" Morrow speaks during the 2012 kickoff breakfast. Morrow also helped to kickoff the Essex County Government drive Oct. 31.

Chesterfield Supervisor and United Way Campaign chairman Gerald "Gerry" Morrow speaks during the 2012 kickoff breakfast. Morrow also helped to kickoff the Essex County Government drive Oct. 31. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Those who work and serve in Essex County government were asked to help contribute to the United Way during the Oct. 31 meeting of the Ways and Mean Committee.

Untied Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc., fundraising drive chairman Gerald “Gerry” Morrow and county Social Services Director John O’Neill presented the plan for the 2012 campaign to the members of the committee during their monthly meeting, saying that they were more worried about participation then the amount raised.

“Most of the Essex County employees already donate to a charity of their choice,” O’Neill said. “Last year, about 10 percent of our workforce donated to the United Way.

We have a new goal for 2012 and that is 100 county employees that participate in the 2012 campaign. I would like to encourage the 64 who signed up last year to re-up and for everyone to follow through on their intentions.”

“It’s just as important to have the participation of the employees,” Morrow said. “We are not looking for a dollar amount, but for people to participate. The subcommittee wanted to do a kickoff for our employees. We have a wonderful task force down here in Essex County.”

Morrow said that, especially in a time where county and local governments were looking for ways to save money, organizations like the United Way were more important to help those in need throughout the regional communities.

“We have to have some other kinds of organizations that can help fill the gaps,” Morrow said.

Morrow said that the county committee hopes to reach their goal by January.

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