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Ashley Rivers, chair for the United Way's annual Day of Caring in Anson County, speaks during a thank-you banquet for United Way volunteers held earlier this month.
Ashley Rivers, chair for the United Way's annual Day of Caring in Anson County, speaks during a thank-you banquet for United Way volunteers held earlier this month.
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The United Way of Central Carolinas announced on Thursday it has funded more than $17 million across five counties, including more than $80,000 in Anson County.


Although donations during the United Way’s fundraising campaign were down slightly in Anson County, overall, United Way funding grew by half a million dollars. All donations made in Anson County remain in Anson County.


The $81,900 raised in the county is down from $87,400 last year, but many of the United Way-funded agencies received an increase in their funding this year, according to a report provided to The Anson Record by William Norton, vice president of marketing for the United Way of Central Carolinas.


Feed My Lambs of Wadesboro saw the biggest increase in its funding, up from $16,600 last year to $20,000 for the coming fiscal year, which starts July 1. Feed My Lambs was also part of the United Way’s marketing campaign this year, with promotional materials focusing on how the organization helped a local homeless man get back on his feet.


“Feed My Lambs is growing,” said Richard Heins, director of the United Way of Central Carolinas. “They’re serving a lot more people, and doing a great job, so that’s the reason for their increase in funding.”


A team of volunteers meets to decide which agencies receive how much funding. The agencies submit a proposal, then give a presentation to the board to detail their funding needs, Heins said.


In addition to Feed My Lambs, the United Way of Central Carolinas awarded the following Anson County agencies’ funding for 2014-15: American Red Cross Carolina Piedmont Region — $8,400; Anson County 4-H — $5,500 (up $500 from last year); Anson County Domestic Violence Coalition — $6,500; Anson County Partnership for Children — $6,500 (down from $12,500 in 2013); Boy Scouts of America, Central N.C. Council — $5,000 (a $500 increase); Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council — $4,000 (up $500); Helping Our Loved Ones Learn and Achieve (HOLLA!) — $15,000; and Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry — $11,000 (a $200 increase).


Also this year, Anson Community Hospital did not request funding for two of its programs, a summer asthma camp and its diabetes program, Heins said. Last year, the United Way provided $4,500 in funding for those two programs.


“For local non-profits, an increase of half a million dollars is huge,” said Jennifer Weber, United Way’s board chair. “Every donor who dug deep this year should feel elated, because whether their pledge was $100 or $25,000, that money will go a long way toward halting downward spirals and even saving lives. That’s priceless.”


For more information on the United Way and the services it provides, visit www.uwcentralcarolinas.org.


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