United Way (UW) of Central Alabama kicked off its Blount County campaign on Sept. 7 at The Depot in Oneonta. Campaign chair Kala Mathis announced Blount County’s campaign goal of $22,000. Keynote speaker was Sharde Oliver, UW community impact staff member. Mitchie Neel, executive director of Blount County Education Foundation, also spoke about how the organization’s partnership with UW serves thousands of students in the county.
There are currently 13 UW agencies with local programs in Blount County. In 2017, UW of Central Alabama invested almost $650,000 into agencies serving 22,288 Blount County residents.
Jim Ed Clayton, executive director of Blount County Children’s Center, had this to say about UW in his agency’s October newsletter: “You see needs all around you, needs that break your heart, and you want to help, but you just can’t possibly give money to every single cause… That’s the beauty behind United Way. When you give a dollar to United Way, it combines with the dollars given by other people – folks just like you throughout the five-county central Alabama region. Then teams of local volunteers decide where to allocate those dollars based on the needs of our community. Plus United Way holds partner agencies to the highest standards for effectiveness and fiscal responsibility.”
He concluded his remarks with, “I want to encourage you to … consider United Way. It’s an efficient and time-proven system. Giving to United Way helps you to leverage your gift with the gifts of many other people in our community to meet a vast array of needs. United Way calls it ‘Starting a Change Reaction.’ I call it smart.”
To learn more about United Way’s impact in our community call 251-5131 or visit www.uwca.org.