United Way announces allocations

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 05:20 PM

The United Way of Central Carolinas announced their 2014-2015 funding decisions for the United Way agencies.
It is the first time since 2010 the funding has grown, according to a statement from the United Way.
This year the total funding was $17 million, a $500,000 increase.
More than half of the United Way agencies in the region received an increase in funding this year, based on demonstrated community need and clear program results.
“We’ve had three successful fundraising campaigns in a row, and the consistent gains in each allowed us to achieve something big today,” Jane McIntyre, United Way’s executive director, said in a statement. “Donors gave more because they see United Way taking on critical challenges like helping at‑risk children in school and reducing homelessness, and serving more than 300,000 local neighbors in poverty.”
Habitat for Humanity of Union-Anson County was one of the organizations that received an increase this year, $5,000 more than last year’s allocation.
Executive Director Mike Reece said it will assist him in hiring another staff person to work with their home rehabilitation and repair program.
They are currently doing about 20 home repairs for seniors and it has been more than one person could handle, he said.
The total allocation assists with their construction program overall, Reece said. They currently have four personnel either in new construction, home repairs or rehabilitating houses. He said they are averaging 12 new homes a year and another 20 repair or rehabilitation projects.
“That’s the most we’ve ever done,” Reece said. He said they are continuing to grow. They recently dedicated House 118 and will dedicate Houses 119 and 120 at the end of the month.
“We just really appreciate the United Way donors and the staff that work with us because there’s tremendous need out there for affordable housing,” Reece said.
He said they appreciate the increased funding because it “helps us help more families.”
In Union County, Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry, The American Red Cross Carolina Piedmont Region, Child Care Resources, Inc., Council on Aging in Union County, Gilrs Scouts Hornet’s Nest Council, Legal Aid of NC, Legal Services of S.P., Salvation Army Charlotte, Urban League of Central Carolinas and YWCA Central Carolinas also received increased funding.
“We could not fulfill every funding request, but for our Community Investment volunteers, making those hard decisions is a very good problem to have,” Tim Morrissey, United Way chair of the Community Investment Committee, said in a statement. “In each county, our volunteers focused on serving those most at-risk, in line with the priorities identified in the five-county Community Needs Assessment.  We’re expanding programs with the greatest results and concentrating on key issues where United Way can help agencies meet a local need.”
There were 154 volunteers in the citizen review process, who reviewed 82 agencies across the region, serving more than 300,000 people.
The Union County United Way Day of Caring will be Aug. 23. The Day of Caring kicks off the next annual campaign.