United Way of Central Carolinas announced seven agencies in Anson County will receive a total of $52,000 dollars.
“Our partner agencies in Anson County are providing immeasurable services to the community and some of our most vulnerable people,” said Logan Evans, director of marketing and communications at United Way.
One of those agencies is the Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry, which services both Anson and Union counties. It received $9,600 this year.
Executive Director Gloria Barrino said she was sad about the cut to their funds — “$500 dollars is a loss of someone’s home,” she said — but grateful to United Way and the community board for providing them money to allow them to continue what they do.
“We’re not a handout but a hand-up with short-term crises,” she said. “We want to thank the donors that have given to United Way and we understand (the cut) because there are other agencies to fund as well.”
Barrino explained how she wants to continue providing housing-stability funds to prevent homelessness.
“One little bump in the road could create a problem in their normal routine,” she said.
Barrino said the people they help at the ministry are the ones who might be employed but are at risk of losing their homes because of circumstances such as time missed from work or a missed paycheck.
“We had a recent resident who was suffering from bone cancer and she needed assistance,” she remembered. “She needed money for her mortgage or she would lose her house — we helped and gave her $600 dollars as a hand-up.”
Barrino said their goals are to help more people in Anson by building partnerships with local businesses and churches in the faith community.
“It’s more cost effective to keep people housed because rehousing people is more expensive,” she said.
And these goals matched with what United Way stands for and their new impact strategy, focusing on improving neighborhoods, racial equity and systems that fund families and children.
They believe in, “creating an environment of opportunity where thousands of families in neighborhoods across their region can break the cycle of poverty and achieve economic mobility for generations to come.”
Richard Heines of United Way said he wants to move the idea of economic mobility forward and fund agencies who support those ideas.
“What can we do to help children in poverty get out of their situations?” he asked. “But we also need to provide funds for basic area needs because there are agencies who provide assistance to those.”
And helping children is what Caroline Goins, executive director of Anson County Partnership for Children, is using the funding to focus on.
The Partnership received $6,000 from United Way. She said the money will go directly to their Raising a Reader program — a student-driven book operation that gives kindergartners a red backpack with three books inside they can rotate and swap with their peers.
“It gets children excited about reading,” said Goins. “And it helps parents take reading to the next level with their child.”
Goins said their mission is to, “help Anson County be a better place to be a child and raise a child.” She said their goals of preparing children for when they enter school aligned with United Way.
The other five agencies that received funding include:
• Anson County Domestic Violence – $4,500
• Boy Scouts – $1,700
• Feed My Lambs – $17,000
• Girl Scouts – $1,700
• HOLLA! – $11,500
An employee at Feed My Lambs thanked the Lord for the news when contacted and a HOLLA! representative said some of the money would go towards funding the center’s tennis program.