2012-2013 New Emerging Leaders in United Way Campaign
December 2012 / Community Donations will Improve Lives for Many
The 2012 United Way Campaign for the Common Good is well underway and the call to action for new and increased involvement is being led by two emerging leaders-- “This year, SPC Credit Union and Belk are rising to be among the top United Way business partners in Hartsville in the first half of the campaign,” said Sherri Diaz, Executive Director. “SPC and Belk have joined long-time community leaders Sonoco, Progress Energy, AO Smith, Talley Metals and others in the movement to LIVE UNITED to help those most in need.”
Last week, SPC Cares2Share Director, Linda Weatherford presented a check for $5,000 to support United Way of Hartsville’s Campaign for the Common Good. Cares2Share is SPC’s employee giving initiative that supports local charities and non-profits in Darlington, Florence and Marlboro Counties. With financial contributions and employee volunteerism, Cares2Share aims to provide opportunities to improve lives of individuals and families. Sharing a similar mission, United Way is a good fit for SPC’s philanthropic interests.
Belk Manager, Raymond Church also presented a corporate check for $500 to United Way leaders last week. This in addition to over $2,000 pledged earlier this Fall by Belk employees. Belk is a National Corporate Leader for United Way and each year the Belk Corporate Headquarters supports our nations local communities with amount based on city demographics. “I’m so proud of the Belk employees,” said Church; Even in tough times, close to 100% of the employees participated in this year’s Campaign.”
United Way donations are carefully invested in a wide range of services that bridge the gap for people who are struggling. In some areas, such as emergency assistance, early childhood education and healthcare, the need is increasing. United Way expects well-over 6,000 people will need critical help to survive, to remain in their homes able to work to make ends meet in 2013. Donations make it possible for United Way to provide seventeen (17) grants across Hartsville that help people in the areas of education, income, and health. These donations often give kids and many on limited income the hope and strength they need to build a brighter future for themselves and their families. Currently, United Way of Hartsville funded services and programs are delivered by seventeen (17) agencies across Hartsville.
In the area of education United Way funded programs are available at Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Darlington County First Steps, Hartsville Family YMCA, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. In the area of income programs are available at Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Hartsville Rescue Squad and Lake Robinson Rescue Squad. In the area of health programs are available at Darlington County Council on Aging, Darlington County Special Needs, PD Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County, Pee Dee Speech & Hearing, CareSouth Carolina and Mental Health America.
In order to continue to fund important programs for our children, individuals and families, United Way is holding the annual Campaign for the Common Good through March. Join other business leaders such as Coker College and Hartsville Schools who will give their employees a chance to learn more and ‘Live United’ in support of a stronger community in the second half of the 2012 Campaign.
Visit unitedwayhartsville.org to learn more about the work and how you can get involved. Contact Sherri Diaz at 843.383.7992 today or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request information about holding a United Way Campaign at your workplace.