Ginny Mohrbutter: United Way thankful for community support
BY GINNY MOHRBUTTER
Sunday, December 31, 2017
United Way is one of the most recognized nonprofits in our community and around the country. Its logo of the open hand and the rainbow symbolizes the effort to mobilize the care and compassion of our community, promoting brighter tomorrows.
In our community, United Way Tar River Region has been working each day for 65 years, helping bring together people and resources to strengthen local citizens’ lives.
At this time of the year, and all year long, we are so grateful to our community and the many people as well as organizations that support our local United Way. Each year, thousands come together to help us reach our Community Campaign fundraising goal, and over the past 10 years, because of these efforts, United Way has raised well over $12 million to support local programs and people. So many organizations, volunteers and donors come together to raise money to support United Way and our 24 nonprofit partner agencies, by funding programs in three impact areas — Education, Health and Income/Financial Stability.
Last year alone, through United Way support, 6,324 youth participated in youth development and academic programs to encourage life-long success; 5,373 people improved their physical and mental health; and 65,198 meals and resources were provided to meet basic needs in our communities. United Way is tracking impact and results through a Community Impact Plan and funds programs that not only provide immediate support, but also encourage long-term, positive change.
This strategic plan, developed by United Way volunteers, staff and community stakeholders, details goals and strategies for addressing the needs in our community that also includes Information and Referral through NC 211 and support of volunteerism. NC 211 is a free, 24-hour a day service where local citizens can be linked with resources and supports in Edgecombe County, just by dialing 2-1-1. Local residents can also call the United Way office at 937-2213 to be linked with volunteer opportunities that strength our community and enrich the lives of the volunteers.
We look forward to 2018 with much anticipation, as we hope to announce surpassing our $1.2 million fundraising goal early in the year. Reaching this goal is so much more than just the numbers. It means that people in our community who need help, can receive it. Whether it is food, shelter, youth or senior services or a variety of other health and human services, United Way is here every day. Our communities’ support of United Way and your help to ensure we reach this goal equates to helping people right here in our local community.
So at this important time of the year, may we thank you, our community, for your tremendous support of United Way and encourage all citizens to keep in our mind and hearts our neighbors who might need a helping hand.