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The United Way of Southern West Virginia kicks off another fundraising. The group has something to celebrate--meeting last year's campaign goal, but this year is different because the agency has more people to serve.

The United Way of Southern West Virginia met their 2013 campaign goal of $525,000. Thursday afternoon the group celebrated their accomplishment while officially starting the 2014 campaign. That goal has not been set.

"Southern West Virginia is very special. Even if people have needs of their own and challenges of their own, everybody steps up to the plate.

As the new fundraising drive gets underway, it comes with more areas to serve like Mercer County, McDowell County and Bluefield, Virginia.

"Any money that has been donated specifically for Mercer and McDowell County we have put in a separate designation so we have a specific pot of money for them that will be distributed just to Mercer and McDowell Counties in 2014," says Margaret O'Neal, Executive Director of the United Way of Southern West Virginia.

A few months ago the United Way of the Two Virginias was dissolved and taken in by the United Way of Southern West Virginia. The group has already started reaching out to Mercer and McDowell Counties.

"They initiated the phone call to us and said they were there for us and sent me the e-mail with the attachments of the application and other federal applications that I need to fill out as well," says Jessica McDaniel, Director of the Wade Center in Bluefield, adding she plans to ask  for funds from the United Way this year.

"We got a mini grant from them last year when we were getting ready to head into fall to help supply the kids backpack essentials and back packs and that kind of thing," says McDaniel.

O'Neal says the group is already talking about fundraising events in Mercer and McDowell Counties.

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