by Shamira McCray, Morning News
FLORENCE, S.C. – So far, the United
Way of Florence County has raised $1.175 million toward its 2015-16
“You’re in the Driver’s Seat” campaign. But to make the $1.2 million
goal, the organization still needs approximately $24,000 in donations by
campaign is a fundraiser for the United Way partnering agencies. Dollars
raised will help fund the agencies’ programs, and that in turn will
allow them to focus more time, money and effort on improving the lives
in the community.
through this year’s campaign will support 17 Florence County agencies
that provide a variety of services including medical and dental care for
uninsured people, emergency safe shelters, therapy sessions for
children with speech and language disorders, tutoring to help adults
learn to read and respite care for individuals with lifelong
disabilities, among other services.
“All of these agencies this year say
'our needs are increasing. We have a greater need for funding,'” said
Quincy Kennedy, United Way board chairman. “We’re trying to help those
agencies in funding for people of the Pee Dee.”
Bird, United Way president, said the organization is thankful for each
donation it has received toward the current campaign. Events such as the
October 2015 flood and the downsizing of companies have affected the
amount of funding United Way has received this year, she said.
just hoping and praying that there are some people in the community
that say, ‘I want to invest in something,' ” Bird said.
17 different agencies and 17 different causes, donors can invest one
time and their donations will multiply many different ways, Bird said.
said United Way staff members have done a lot of work to get them down
to only needing a tiny amount of money to meet the goal. But, he said,
“we want to get it over the top for the citizens of the Pee Dee.”
There are several ways to donate. Donations will be accepted at uwflorence.org,
by calling the United Way office at 843-662-2407 or by mail. Donations
can be mailed to 1621 W. Palmetto St., Florence, S.C. 29501. A pledge
form can be found inside this edition of the Morning News.
Bird said Piggly Wiggly stores are also partnering with United Way to support campaigns.
“Piggly Wiggly is doing a round-up. If
you buy your groceries at Piggly Wiggly, you can round your total up and
that will go to the United Way,” Bird said.
Many individuals and companies have donated to the United Way, Bird said.
lot of people did step up, and we’re thankful they have already given,
and we want to encourage those people who haven’t given anything,” she
Thursday is the last day for the United Way to make its 2015-16 campaign goal.