Erie Gives

UNION CITY — Union City has seen an increase in funds raised during Erie Gives Day each year and this year is no different. 

Union City raised $27,018 in 2017, $40,315 in 2018 and this year $48,661 was raised for Union City nonprofit organizations during the one-day event.

Kaylynn Ostergard, administrative assistant for the Union City Community Foundation, said this was a very successful year.

There are a lot of new things in Union City that may have inspired people to donate, Ostergard said.

There were 380 donors to Union City organizations.

Overall, Erie Gives Day raised $5,539,752 from 8,958 donors and those are still listed as preliminary numbers.

The 11 Union City nonprofits that participated this year and the amounts they received were: 

  • First United Methodist Church of Union City: $17,669
  • Union City Volunteer Fire Co.: $8,005
  • Union City Public Library: $5,934
  • Union City Community Foundation: $4,841
  • St. Teresa of Avila Parish: $4,272
  • Union City Museum and Historical Society: $2,759
  • Safe Journey: $1,485
  • Union City Area School District Foundation: $1,093
  • Union City Family Support Center: $1,046
  • Union City Little League: $1,023
  • Union City Pride Inc.: $534

Shawn Gross, stewardship committee chairman for the First United Methodist Church of Union City, said the church feels very blessed at the generosity of the community that brought the donation total to nearly double what it was last year, which was $9,191 in 2018.

"I am very thankful for the generosity of our church family in supporting Erie Gives," Gross said. "It was a great response and we are a blessed church family."  

Gross said the church intends to use the funds to support some projects its trustees have identified to maintain and improve the church and parsonage facilities.

Gross speaks about Erie Gives Day to the parish and to co-workers at Viking Plastics, where he is the engineering manager.

"I'm thankful that people hear the message and recognize they have the opportunity to make a difference. It's pretty cool," Gross said.

The Union City Volunteer Fire Co. had nearly $3,000 more in donations this year as compared to last year.

Larry Obert, chairman of the board of directors for the fire department, helped organize the fund raising efforts.

"The fire department is working with the community to make Erie Gives more common in our fundraising activities and we've seen an increase each year," Obert said.

The donations will go to fire department operating expenses.

This year is the first year that St. Teresa of Avila Parish has participated in Erie Gives Day, Ostergard said.

Pastor Skip Davis is the pastor for St. Teresa of Avila Parish and said the donations were very generous.

"Any money that people give is from their hearts and it is much appreciated," Davis said.

What parish needs the donations will be put toward will be discussed with church members and it will be published in the church bulletin.

The Erie Community Foundation will provide a pro-rated match for every donation made to a nonprofit during Erie Gives Day.

With the donation numbers still being considered preliminary, the match amount that will be distributed from the Erie Community Foundation to all the nonprofits will be announced on Tuesday, Aug. 27, during an Erie Gives Check Distribution Day, Ostergard said.

The Union City Community Foundation will distribute a pro-rated $7,500 match pool to the 11 Union City organizations and final figures will be announced later this month as well.

A full list of nonprofits is available on the Erie Gives website at www.eriegives.org. More information is available by contacting the Erie Community Foundation at 814-454-0843.

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