United Way tops $21.4 million goal

Feb. 22, 2014 @ 04:02 PM

The United Way of Central Carolinas announced Friday that it exceeded its goal for the 2013-2014 annual campaign. 

The organization raised about $21.5 million, exceeding its roughly $21.4 million goal by about $100,00. 

“I think it’s great,” Richard Heins, regional vice president said in an interview. “It ‘ll help support 19 local agencies that serve about 40,000 people.” 

This year’s goal was 1.5 percent more than last year’s goal. According to the United Way, they have raised and met their fund goals by 8 percent across three years. 

“This is a phenomenal result by the community, for the community,” Ed O’Keefe of Bank of America, United Way’s 2013 campaign chair, said in a statement. “So often in the past we’ve needed major corporations to step in at the final hour with a stop-gap check, on top of what they already gave. This year, the extraordinary generosity of all donors is going to help us serve even more of our neighbors in need.”

This spring, a panel of volunteers will review applications from member agencies and allot funding. The funding amounts will be announced in mid-June. 

In Union County, there will be a thank you breakfast for donors and volunteers in April. 

“Some agencies will see funding increases, as determined by both performance and need,” Russell Schwartz, United Way’s chief operating officer, said in a statement. “United Way addresses this community’s most pressing needs, and today’s great news will allow us to meet those needs more effectively.”

According to the United Way, the number of children in poverty rose 54 percent from 2008 to 2012. In addition, the number of renters who spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing, rose by 30 percent from 2008 to 2012. 

“A lot of hard work was required to make this success happen,” Executive Director Jane McIntyre said in a statement. McIntyre was unable to attend the unveiling Friday due to laryngitis. “We’re successful today primarily because of our donors and we’re successful today because of hard-working agencies who have so clearly demonstrated, time and again, that they make miracles happen with every United Way donation.”