Agencies deal with less money, more needs

United Way allocations down
Feb. 18, 2014 @ 09:36 AM

Go the second mile, challenge leaders of United Way of Davidson County.

The second-mile sprint is needed because of a shortfall in donations. The goal was $1.8 million.The amount pledged totals $1.635 million.

“We continue to solicit second-mile contributions for this year’s campaign, and will receive donations through the end of April,” said Darrell McNeill, president of FLS and chairman of the United Way board.

While there is a shortfall in donations, there is no shortfall in optimism.

“My hope is that people or companies with means might step forward and make second-mile contributions that would allow us to at least keep allocations the same as last year for a majority of United Way-funded agencies,” Jessup added.

Most of the nonprofits received 3.55 percent less than last year and this is on top of cutbacks from other funding sources.

In last year’s round of allocations, Communities In Schools of Thomasville received $43,000. This year the allocation totals $41,474.

“CIS of Thomasville continues to work for the children of Thomasville although it is with less funding due to economic situations not only with United Way of Davidson County, but all funders — individual, businesses, grants, private and public,” said Executive Director Judy Younts.

“Our board of directors is vigilant in seeking various avenues for fundraising to offer something for all citizens,” she added.

Even though funds run short, nonprofit leaders remain grateful for what they do have.

In the past year, the Davidson County Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club has taken measures to cut costs, but not services, said Scott Bannister, who had headed the organization as executive director. He now serves with the High Point branch.

The United Way allocation went from $51,597 to  $49,765.  In total, funding sources were cut by $12,489.

Last year, the Pastor’s Pantry, which provides monthly and emergency groceries for needy senior adults, received $59,118 from United Way. This year’s allocation totals $57,019.

While there’s less money, there’s an even more serious problem.

“We have more than doubled the number of people we are feeding – to 1,076 last month,” said Executive Director Bill Keesler.  “To feed more people, we have had to reduce the amounts of food we give to each individual or family.”

United Way agency leaders hope that donors will take on the second-mile challenge.

“The thing about United Way of Davidson County funding is all that giving stays in our community, helping our children, our neighbors and even us,” said Younts. “One out of three folks in Davidson County are touched by UWDC monies directly or indirectly.

“Think about a child you know, who does not have enough to eat, or someone receiving Meals on Wheels or cancer services. We all can give a little to make the lives of a lot better.”

Want to help?

The United Way of Davidson County campaign officially ends in April.To make a donation for the current campaign, mail a check to United Way of Davidson County, P.O. Box 492, Lexington NC 27293.