UW raised $262,132. The goal of $300,000 was set, said Lee Butler, secretary of UW, to put pressure on them to aim for that amount.
They did not achieve the goal, he said, but far exceeded last year’s amount of around $160,000.
Butler said the message of the year’s campaign is that the United Way had a dramatic increase in contributions in a period of economic downturn.
Michelle Parrish, executive director of the United Way, said for the past 17 months the agency has been in the rebuilding stage.
She said the agency was pleased that Andy Hillenburg of Rockingham Speedway designated United Way as its charity of choice this past year.
It was also a year in which the Perdue Farms associates participated. UW members spoke to every shift at the plant, she said. Some of the employees were taken to visit with UW partnering agencies.
No goal has been set yet for the 2009-2010 campaign which has already begun.
During the luncheon, partnering agency spokesmen expressed their pleasure of working with the United Way.
Events such as competitive challenges among groups and a summer musical events are already planned as fund raisers.
A Day of Caring is planned where members of partnering UW agencies plan to work in the community such as assisting at senior centers and helping students with a garden at Roberdel Children’s Center last year.
Agencies and representatives receiving the first payment were:
Sandhills Children’s Center, Melanie Carnes
Roberdel Children’s Center, Janice Coen
Richmond County 4-H Clubs, Michelle Stumbo
Boy Scouts of America, Justin Ramseur
Girl Scouts of America, Jennifer Christenson
Leak Street Alumni, J. C. Watkins
Richmond County Aging Services, Crystal Garrett
Samaritan Colony, Robert Smith
Richmond County Literacy Council, Jody Coward
Richmond Christian Counseling, Linda Knight
American Red Cross, Pam Park and Buddy Spong
New Horizons: Life and Family Services, Crystal McLendon
Salvation Army, Capt. Angela Hughes
Rockingham Rescue Squad, Scott Waters
Rockingham and Hamlet Soup Kitchens, John Baker