United Fund seeks support

Erin Wood

Though the economy may finally be on its way to recovery, some Washington residents need help more now than ever.

Washingtonians may have seen the local United Fund mailer in their boxes recently, but Jeff Alexander, president of the Washington Township United Fund, said it is imperative to get out as many reminders as possible that the less fortunate need assistance, especially as the holiday season approaches.

“We’re asking people to give if they can,” Alexander said.

The Washington Township United Fund, founded more than 50 years ago, benefits the Washington Helps its People food pantry by providing more than a quarter of its supplies, the Tough Love support group, the Washington Recreation Association and the Northern Tazewell Recreation Association.

“The most important thing is that all of the money we collect goes directly to Washington organizations,” Alexander said. “And, we virtually have no expenses.”

The annual campaign usually raises about $40,000, but Alexander said he is unsure how much people will be able to give this year.

“I don’t know what to expect,” he said. “I’d be surprised if we got more than that, and not surprised if we got less.”

Those who did not receive a mailer can give donations to the Washington Township United Fund through Heartland Bank.

Questions can be directed to Alexander at 444-8031.