Our View: The United Way needs your support


Rocky Mount Telegram

Sunday, August 20, 2017

An important and much-needed local nonprofit organization kicked off its annual fundraising effort last week, and we urge everybody in the community to answer the call and lend their support.

The United Way of the Tar River Region on Thursday launched its 2017 fundraising campaign Thursday with a goal of raising $1.2 million this year. 

Community support for the organization has helped it to meet or exceed its fundraising goals during several of the past few years, and let’s hope that this year will be no different.

As reported by Telegram staff writer Corey Davis, the United Way last year helped 6,000 local youths through its programs, provided services to 5,000 local residents  geared toward improving their physical and mental well-being, served more than 25,000 meals to fight hunger and gave assistance to help 40,000 people live independently.

The United Way supports dozens of community initiatives, programs and other nonprofit groups that provide hope and support to the less fortunate and most vulnerable residents of the Twin Counties. 

The United Way funds local programs and services for people and families throughout the Twin Counties, addressing local challenges in the areas of education, financial stability and health.

And the United Way is always there with a much-needed helping hand when disaster strikes.

Twin Counties residents have a long track record of providing higher than normal levels of charitable giving, which is reflected in the overwhelming support given to past United Way fundraising campaigns. Businesses and their workers, public agencies and their employees, civic organizations and individuals have repeatedly stepped up to make certain the United Way continues to have the resources it needs to keep making the difference that it does in our community.

The United Way of the Tar River Region continues to make great strides in improving lives and fostering change for the better in our community. But the agency and its 24 community partners have never been able to do it alone. It’s been the strong support from across the community that has fueled the many successes the United Way has achieved, and there’s no reason to stop or even slow down now.