Last week, the United Way of Central Carolinas announced that it had exceeded its campaign goal by more than $100,000. However, the news wasn’t as good for Anson County, which fell $10,000 short of its goal.
Bill Norton, vice president of marketing for United Way of Central Carolinas, said that Anson is in a unique situation from many of the other communities served by the United Way. “One of the beauties of Anson being part of a larger group is that Charlotte covers the overhead, so Anson is one of the rare cases in which no dollars go to overhead,” he said.
That means that every dollar raised in Anson County stays in Anson County. Local organizations and agencies funded by the United Way include: the American Red Cross Piedmont Region’s Emergency Response Program, Anson Community Hospital’s Diabetes Management and Hospital Camp Summer Breathe, Anson County 4-H, Anson County Domestic Violence Coalition, literacy and teen pregnancy programs offered by Partnership for Children, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Feed My Lambs, HOLLA! and Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry.
Last year, the United Way of Central Carolinas funded $87,400 worth of programs in Anson County.
“It’s not a guarantee that if the campaign raises less, the funding will be less,” Norton said. “But if the donors give as much as they did last year, it makes the decision for our board easier.”
The campaign chair will be sending a letter soon to past donors, asking for them to give, if at all possible.
To donate, visit www.uwcentralcarolinas.org and click on the “Give” button, or call 704-694-2600.