Emerging Leaders start a collection for Marion and Taylor county students


FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The United Way’s Emerging Leaders program will begin taking up a collection for students in Marion and Taylor counties.

Some of the items needed include travel shampoo and soap, non-perishable snacks, deodorant, female hygiene items and clothing. Things that some students may not have readily available at home.

The goal for the drive is to help children and students in the two counties to feel more confident and prepared to learn without the worry of basic essentials.

“The emerging leaders is interested in giving back in some of the most meaningful ways. We try to do all we can but this is different than our normal drives we have where we collect food and things like that,” said Community Impact Director Emily Swain. “Things like hair brushes, toothbrushes, soap, or female hygiene products. These are all things where if you have them, you may overlook how important they are, and how hard they may be for some to get.”

The collection is set to take place from June 29 – August 7 and there will be collection sites at the following places:

  • Rider Pharmacy– Fairmont
  • Mario’s Pizza– Mannington
  • Espresso Yourself– Grafton
  • Applebee’s– White Hall
  • Walmart– Grafton
  • United Way Office– 221 Washington Street

The Emerging Leaders program connects young leaders with United Way and immerses them in the community. The mission of the program is to bring together individuals between the ages of 20 and 40 to make a difference in their communities.

The program requires a yearly contribution of $100 or more and be in the target age of 20-40 to join.

“Since not all students have the necessary hygiene or personal items available at home, we thought that this was a really good way for us to give back, and work with the in schools pantries in Marion and Taylor counties,” said Swain. ​

Those who would like to learn more about the program and other projects that are going on, can do so on its website.

Anyone who would like to see the full Amazon Charity List and purchase items, can do so by clicking here. Any items that are bought will be sent directly to the Emerging Leaders for their collection.

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