United Way surpasses $1.2M in fundraising campaign

United Way of Union County Executive Director Alexis Alexander unveils the 2019-20 fundraising total for the organization's annual campaign. One hundred percent of the funds raised in the campaign go toward helping 12 local partner agencies.
United Way of Union County Executive Director Alexis Alexander unveils the 2019-20 fundraising total for the organization's annual campaign. One hundred percent of the funds raised in the campaign go toward helping 12 local partner agencies.

The United Way of Union County recognized its board members and volunteers and celebrated the 2019-20 campaign fundraising total during its annual meeting Tuesday.

Executive director Alexis Alexander announced the campaign raised more than $1.2 million in the annual campaign, a 12% increase over last year's total. One hundred percent of the money raised in the campaign goes directly to the United Way's partner agencies. That's unique, even among United Way organizations, because the administration budget is not paid out of campaign money.

"It's amazing to see what this community can do when we come together," Alexander said. "I'm glad I can be a part of a United Way that can bring everyone together. Thank you so much. Union County is very fortunate to have such generous support of both businesses and individuals who will share their time, talents and resources to improve our community. Their contributions to this campaign will impact many lives in Union County for years to come and help the United Way to partner with agencies that can bring about lasting change for the better."

The United Way supports 12 partner agencies: Boys Scouts of America, Boys & Girls Club, Camp Fire El Dorado, Community Living Arrangements, HOPE Landing, Literacy Council, Salvation Army, Single Parent Scholarship Fund, South Arkansas Children's Coalition (CASA), South Arkansas Developmental Center for Children and Families, South Arkansas Fights AIDS and Turning Point. Those agencies have been vetted by the organization.

The organizations were on hand at themed tables for the fundraising announcement.

Alexander highlighted various events and programs from the United Way, including fundraising efforts for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, the annual Day of Caring volunteer event and the Small Business Blitz.

"The people of Union County are extremely generous and always willing to lend a hand," she said. "We can't thank them enough for their support again that led to another million-dollar year."

2019 board president Seth Bennett presided over his last meeting as new officers and board members were approved. New board members elected beginning in 2020 are: Kristy Hayden, Delek US; Will Hegi, Shepherd & Shepherd; Erin McMurrian, Century 21 United; Patrick Nolan, Noalmark Broadcasting; Daniel Robbins, El Dorado Board of Realtors and Robin Thornton, Simmons Trust. New officers for 2020 are: President, Seth Bennett, Nexans AmerCable; Vice President, Bethany Gaddy, Regions Bank; and Treasurer, Evelyn Morris, First Financial Bank.

Originally begun as the El Dorado Community Chest in 1933, the United Way of Union County came into existence in 1962. Their mission is to mobilize the caring power of communities to impact lasting changes — by focusing on the underlying causes of the most serious problems in each community they serve. Since 1950, they have raised almost $40 million to invest in fulfilling their mission in Union County.

For more information, contact United Way of Union County at 870-862-4903 or visit unitedwayunioncounty.com.

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