Daily News Staff Writer
The members of the Price family of Cassville have been namedUnited Way chairs for the 2016-2017 campaign.
Scott, Shelby, Sue and Fred Price will be the heads of the annual fundraising drive.
“Kathy (Armillei) has been asking me for several years to do it,” Sue said. “I think it’s a good thing for the community. I don’t think a lot of people realize what all organizations it encompasses. I’m hoping that we can help get that word out to people.”
Scott said one of his goals was to expand awareness of the Huntingdon County United Way to the southern areas of the county.
“One thing we’re hoping to do is make people aware that the United Way does a lot of stuff in the southern end of the county. I think a lot of people think it’s focused on Huntingdon Borough itself and it really isn’t,” he said. “We’re trying to get awareness down there and get support from (the southern) end of the county and let them know (the United Way) does things to help support the area.”
The goal this year is $425,000, an increase over the $400,000 goal for the 2015-2016 campaign set by chairs, Jim and Jennifer Troha. Scott joked the increase was “Shelby’s idea.”
“I definitely think (we can make it),” Scott said of the increase. “The last couple years (exceeded the set goal). I think one of my biggest things is to get support of the southern end of the county. I don’t think (residents in the southern end of the county) get that as much as they should and, with that support, we should be able to make or exceed that goal.”
Sue added she’s learned quite a bit about the United Way since joining the fundraising effort.
“I myself did not realize they have affiliate organizations,” she said.
Partner agencies with the United Way include American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Crossroads Pregnancy Center, Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA,Huntingdon County Child & Adult Development Corp.,Home Nursing Agency, the Huntingdon County Library,Huntingdon House, the Juniata Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America, St. Vincent de Paul Society, theSalvation Army and the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund. Affiliate agencies include Eye Care Agency, theMount Union Community Library, Skills of Central PAand the USO.
Sue added she likes to see individual giving, as well as employer-run campaigns which benefit the United Way.
“You know (the donation) is going to be spent locally,” she said. “You don’t have to worry about being scammed.”
Scott added all the money raised in Huntingdon County stays local.
The Prices have worked out a campaign strategy and added community has been and will continue to be an important part of their effort.
“I think it’s an excellent way to get individuals involved through going to churches,” Sue said. “If you want to give to multiple organizations, but you don’t have a large amount of money to give, I think it’s a great way to make sure that money is going everywhere.”
Fred said the family has “always tried to be involved in the community.”
“It’s always been part of what we’ve done from the local fire companies to the Lions Club to the churches, the ball teams, all these types of things,” he said. “The community is important, to be involved.”
“(The community) is the reason we’re here,” Shelby said.
Sue added the nature of the family business — Price Motor Sales — adds to the visibility of the family in the community and their awareness of the needs.
“I think the business being a family organization, you come into contact with individual families and things they struggle with and their needs and I think over the last year, Huntingdon County has, with the state budget lock up, ... come together,” she said.
“If you don’t have strong volunteer organizations in the community, if you don’t have a good hospital, if you don’t have a good college, if you don’t have the type of things that bring people in here along with the tourism of course,” Fred said.
“Huntingdon County is a unique community than larger cities,” Sue added. “You don’t have that volunteerism (in larger communities). I think we’re fortunate to live in a county where people care about each other..”
“We hear over and over again from people who return to the area ... how much different it is here, how people care,” Fred said.
“People come together and take care of things,” Sue said.