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This year's United Way campaign chair Chris Hiner announced a $1.425 million goal at Tuesday morning's breakfast.

MANSFIELD -- The United Way of Richland County is asking the community to “Find their Why” for the 2019 campaign, which kicked off Tuesday morning at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center.

Campaign chair and president of Richland Bank Chris Hiner announced the organization hopes to reach a $1.425 million goal -- the same amount the organization successfully raised last year. 

“When we decided on our goal, we wanted to challenge ourselves and challenge the community … We all know the importance of the goal in the lives of those impacted,” Hiner said. “I think all of us can dig down deep and find our reason to donate, volunteer or to ask someone to help and get involved in the campaign."

The United Way of Richland County funds 47 programs among 18 local, non-profit agencies within the county. These programs focus on four community impact areas: health services, family services, emergency services and youth development. 

These include The Friendly House, Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring, the local branch of the American Red Cross and many others. 

“These are organizations that have an impact on the Richland County community every day,” said Dan Varn, United Way of Richland County’s executive director. “So we want to be able to maintain quality funding levels to our partners.” 

At the kickoff breakfast, Hiner and Varn shared that already 36.7 percent -- or $523,563.36 -- of the $1.425 million goal has been raised. Of that amount, $402,602.35 was donated by “Pacesetter Companies.” 

Of these, Therm-O-Disc Inc donated the most. The Mansfield company gave $107,076.48. The Gorman-Rupp Company contributed $63,200, Richland Bank gave $63,057.87 and Mechanics Bank gave $60,000.

Other “pacesetter” donations included $28,000 from Milliron, $22,718 from the United Way and its agencies, $15,000 from OhioHealth Mansfield and Shelby Hospitals, $14,000 from J & B Acoustical, $12,400 from Baker’s Collision Service & Glass, $10,000 from Spherion Staffing and $7,150 from RFME. 

“It gives us a foundation for our current campaign,” Varn said. “It’s great when you have a day like today, and we get to see these pillar companies and how they stepped up and supported us.

"They’re stepping up for us like we step up for the community. And if we keep up this pace, we’ll be able to help a lot of people.”

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