Nearly everyone feels an urge to help less-fortunate folks who need a boost. But it's difficult to know which charity drives are worthy. Some of them are big-money operations in which most of the donated cash goes to the operators.
For example, down in Mason County, the Sheriff's Association engaged outside fundraisers to collect contributions -- and detectives are trying to learn whether part of the money was pocketed.
The United Way solves this dilemma. It's a one-shot, volunteer-run, community-oriented system that is genuinely trustworthy.
Volunteer collectors corral the gifts. Volunteer employers let donations be withheld through payroll deductions. Volunteer committees distribute the money and oversee agencies getting it.
Best of all, the consolidated community drive supports 26 different helpful charities -- so it eliminates more than two dozen separate fund drives. That's why they call it the United Way.The 2013 Kanawha Valley campaign is wrapping up. Money given in the Charleston region stays here at home to serve local needs. Last year, more than 60,000 less-privileged people were aided by the 26 member groups. We hope folks with a generous urge push this deserving effort over the top.