ROCKINGHAM — The United Way of Richmond County kicks off its annual campaign Tuesday, Sept. 12 with the “Day of Caring,” bringing volunteers from all corners of the county together to work on nine community projects.
Michelle Parrish, United Way of Richmond County executive director, said this is the eighth Annual “Day of Caring” and the organization’s 51st campaign kickoff.
The event will begin around 7:30 a.m. at Cole Auditorium where 17 partnering agencies will set up and share their program of work with the community. Pee Dee Pregnancy Resource Center has been added as a new partnering agency this year.
The United Way of Richmond County continues to partners with: Back Pack Pals, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Leak Street Alumni, Richmond County 4-H Clubs, Sandhills Children’s Center, Special Needs Kids (formerly Cordova School,) Richmond County Aging Services, Samaritan Colony, Habitat for Humanity of the N.C. Sandhills, Richmond County Literacy Council, American Red Cross, New Horizon’s Life and Family Services, Our Daily Bread, Richmond County Rescue Squad and Salvation Army.
In 2016, those partnering agencies provided 8,995 individuals services and served them 159,499 times. So far, in 2017, they have served 8,182 individuals and served them 104,571 times.
Parrish and the United Way Board of Directors will reveal the 2017-18 campaign goal around 9 a.m. before offering closing remarks. Last year’s campaign raised more than $325,000.
“We have about 140 volunteers that signed up to participate with our “Day of Caring” this year and we look forward to giving back and helping our agencies with projects. Most of these volunteers have been participating for several years and some have assisted all eight years. This year volunteers participating with the “Day of Caring” will fan out across the county to work on projects at Samaritan Colony, Sandhills Children Center, Back Pack Pals, Our Daily bread, two Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills sites, ReStore, installing smoke detectors with the American Red Cross, East Rockingham Senior Center, Hamlet Senior Center and Ellerbe Senior Center.
Last year we had 172 volunteers that volunteered 624 total hours and saved our agencies $14,707.68. Anyone that would like to volunteer is welcome to participate. Contact Michelle Parrish at 910.997.2173 or 910.206.2909