Our opinion: Another success story

Another year, another success for the United Fund of Warren County, a long record that that is testimony to the spirit that makes this community special.

The Torchlight Campaign, which this year topped its $650,000 goal by a bit more than 1 percent, supports 20 agencies in Warren County without which this place would be a much poorer place to live.

They are: A Safe Place, Allegheny Community Center, Caring for Life, Crescent Park Dental Clinic, Don Mills Achievement Center, Hospice of Warren County, Jefferson Defrees Family Center, New Hope Assistance Dogs, American Red Cross, RSVP, the Ruth M. Smith Center, the Salvation Army, Sheffield Area Hospitality Center, USO, Warren County 4-H Program and the YMCA.

This spirit of giving to benefit the community as a whole has burned bright for 90 years, since the original Community Chest charity was formed in the county.

Through the good times and the bad, this county has always dug a little deeper to take care of the organizations who take care of us.

We congratulate this year’s Torchlight Chairmen Salvation Army Major Ron Starnes and Barbara Tubbs, as well as Jim Goodling, who took the reins as director following the retirement last year of long-time director Mike Hostovich. It’s clear that the passing of the torch from Hostovich to Goodling hasn’t diminished the fire or the momentum of this vitally important effort.