Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 13, 2013

Two United Ways units too many?

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — United Way is a brand name that belongs to a corporation that makes money from its use, just as Johnson & Johnson makes money off band-aid and Coca-Cola makes money off coke.

It has for some time been under flak on the Internet, being listed along with other fundraisers as taking too big a piece of the collected pie. The (recent) article in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph describes a corporation scrambling to protect its income source, not to provide service.

Rather than bother to establish a new unit to replace the one lost, it has dumped the work load on United Way employees of two adjacent units.

The planned move will subject a lot of people to two fund drives and probably result in a decrease of funds to agencies.

Everybody (except, of course, the United Way corporation) would be better off to dump United Way. Volunteers who worked with United Way in the past could get together and form a new corporation to raise funds.

A new name wouldn’t suffer a bad reputation, and could very well wind up more cost effective.

Joe Hall