Ohio University's Athens campus 2008 United Appeal campaign has been extended to March 31 to give members of the campus community the opportunity to participate in the drive that benefits 13 local nonprofit organizations. Here are a couple of examples of how your gift helps change lives.
American Red Cross Athens County Chapter
Red Cross volunteers responded to a fire last year at the Miller family home in Athens. The family of six returned home from O'Bleness Memorial Hospital following the birth of their fourth son and found their house on fire. Three fire departments were brought in to bring the blaze under control.
The Red Cross was called to the scene and quickly helped the family find a place to stay and provided food and clothing. "I don't know how they got there, but in less than an hour there were Red Cross people sitting there and they had all this stuff there for us," said Danette Miller. Red Cross volunteers continued to stay in touch with the family and helped them keep going when Todd Miller had to be hospitalized with pneumonia shortly after the fire.
Red Cross volunteers are trained and led by the two paid staff members of our local county chapter. Donations to United Appeal fund $22,470 of the agency's annual budget.
Adapted from Crossroads, the Red Cross newsletter, fall 2006
The Gathering Place
Hunter*, a Gathering Place member, remembers the help he received from Gathering Place staff in finding an apartment in Athens. While never an easy task, this was especially difficult for Hunter due to his mental illness and limited income.
He is now happily living on his own, and he regularly enjoys sharing meals with friends and staff at The Gathering Place. The meals he helps prepare there supplement the food he is able to purchase and expose him to healthier eating options, including a new pesto recipe made with basil grown at The Gathering Place's new organic garden. While the pesto seemed "too green" at first, one taste made Hunter a fan.
United Appeal provides $4,738 annually to help people such as Hunter find encouragement and support at The Gathering Place.
Adapted from The News Gathering newsletter, fall 2007
* Names have been changed to protect privacy.