CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Governor Jim Justice officially kicked off the West Virginia State Employees Combined Campaign Fund this week, touting a program which benefits all of the 14 United Way organizations across West Virginia.
Gov. Justice was joined by six Executive Directors of various United Way agencies in West Virginia, several Cabinet Secretaries, and this year’s campaign chairman, Secretary Austin Caperton of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
“We are on the path to prosperity, but many of our citizens are still in need,” Gov. Justice said. “By contributing to this campaign, state employees will once again reinforce how much they care about the State of West Virginia and its citizens.”
The State Campaign raises funds primarily through employee payroll deductions. Every employee has the opportunity to participate and no amount is too small. The Governor in his remarks noted that if every state employee gave $1 per week, $4 million would be raised for United Ways. Each employee’s contribution can be directed to the United Way of their choice.
Secretary Caperton, in addition to serving as the chair of this campaign, also serves as the campaign chair for the United Way of Southern West Virginia and has been a long-term participant in their efforts.
“I love working with the United Way,” Secretary Caperton said. “I know the money I donate will be put to good use. The United Ways put boots on the ground, visit and interview people in every organization that asks for money, review findings with their local United Way board of directors and then distributes funds based on the organization’s merits.”
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