In 1931, leaders of the Steubenville Chamber of Commerce organized the Community Chest of Steubenville to address the needs of our community during the Depression Era. In the first year, over $80,000 was raised to support ten social service agencies.
In 1976. the Community Chest of Steubenville became the Steubenville Area United Way. Later in 1983, a merger occurred between the Mingo Community Chest and the Toronto Community Chest establishing United Way of Jefferson County.
In present day, United Way of Jefferson County raises over $350,000 to support our neighbors through the help of 17 local nonprofits.
Board of Directors
Ted Gorman, President, Steubenville High School
Tom Timmons, Vice President, WesBanco
Ginny Zoric, Secretary, Franciscan University
Christy Holmes,Treasurer, US Bank
Nora Boyles, Voto Sales Manfacturing
Jamie Copenhaver, ReSo Inc.
Michael Emmerling, Em Media
Jay Foster, Foster Funeral Homes
Ed Florak, Eastern Gateway Community College
MaLinda Lewis, Walmart Distribution Center
Laurel McDowell, Manpower
James Morgan, Jefferson County Community College
Brian Moss, WTOV
Justin Nicholson, Walmart Super Center
Bernie Ravasio, Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel
Laura Rauch, Executive Director
Tami Cashioli, Finance Director
Let's Stand Against Racism
Over the last few months, we have all felt our collective grief compound — first through a deadly pandemic, and now, through unconscionable acts of violence.
At United Way of Jefferson County, we stand with the black community and those who are fighting for racial equality. We support the peaceful demonstrations here at who have been impacted by racism and injustice.
These recent events have revealed an uncomfortable and heartbreaking truth — that systemic racism and social inequities run deep across our country, and our own community is not exempt from these problems. For many, that pain and oppression are homegrown.
Over the past several days, we’ve heard stories from our friends, families and neighbors about the racial discrimination, fear and hatred they encounter in their daily lives. We have a responsibility to amplify their voices and shine a light on these issues.
It’s clear that as a country, as a community and as individuals, we need to do better, and at United Way of Jefferson County, we’re committed to making that change.
Our mantra has always been to LIVE UNITED because we know there’s strength in numbers. The more we denounce racism and the more we work together to advocate for human dignity and equality, the greater our collective impact will be.
As an organization, we want to learn and grow by listening to our community and hearing how we can work together to create this change. We’re committed to continuing these conversations and working with other organizations to align our resources and create systemic change.
We continue to denounce racism and pledge to work toward a brighter future for all. We stand stronger when we LIVE UNITED.
What We Do
We are a catalyst that inspires people to invest in each other to strengthen and transform our community. The donations we receive go directly to nonprofit organizations in Jefferson County that are making a difference in our community.
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Why We Do It
Jefferson County is a wonderful place to live, work, and play. However, 25% of our population lives in poverty, and 25% of our residents are categorized as the working poor. This means 50% of Jefferson County residents struggle to get by every single day.
A better educated, healthier, and financially stable community is strong.
This is why we fight.