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United Way Helps Kids in Athens

United Way Helps Kids in Athens

Athens, W.Va. -Tuesday, June 6, The United Way of the Virginias gave $1,000 to re-establish the Concord College-Town of Athens summer youth program for children between the ages of 6-12. Executive Director Ulysses Cundiff and General Manager of Campaigns and Volunteers Bill Craft from the United Way of the Virginias present the $1,000 gift to Concord College’s Vice President for Development, J. Douglas Machesney.

“We look forward to providing this program to children who live in Athens,” stated Machesney. “This is a small town, and we do not have a lot of additional resources. This program is an outlet for the boundless energy children seem to have in the summer, and parents can be assured that their kids are having a good time—and learning, too!”

“The money that was given was approved for this budget year and is already budgeted for next year,” stated Executive Director Cundiff. “So, provided we meet the financial goals of this campaign, we will be back next year. Many of these kids would not normally have an opportunity to participate in a summer program and we want to give them something to do that is educational. Concord has a good program and the leadership skills of the the program manager really benefit the kids.”

Rob Scott, a Concord College sports management major will be managing the program which will feature educational and recreational activities. This year, the program was reformatted to focus on serving a broader range of children. Scott stated that, “we are working with 15 children and will give them an opportunity for daily activities that are more than just physical, in other words, we want the kids to learn socialization skills and the benefits of long-term recreation. We will be teaching safety classes and meeting with many guest speakers who will teach kids important information that will benefit them throughout their life. We will be teaching, but with this age, we know we have to make the programs fun to keep their attention.”

The program started Tuesday, June 20 and the participants will meet every Tuesday and Thursday through the month of July from 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm in the Athens Park on Vermillion Street. Scott notified parents in Athens about the program by distributing flyers to students at the end of the school year. The program is free to participants.

For more information about the summer youth program in Athens, call 1-304-384-5347, or e-mail For more information about the United Way, call 1-304-327-9193 or e-mail at


Photo #1: Doug Machesney, Ulysses Cundiff, Rob Scott

Photo #2: Rob Scott and volunteer Kalie Berry have fun with Athens kids.