United Way Reaches Goal
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 1:21PM

Despite a still-struggling economy and high local unemployment, the United Way of Anderson County has met its annual fundraising campaign goal for the first time since 2007 raising $1,750,492 to date. With a couple of community campaigns still yet to report, the amount is expected to increase.
“Since we didn’t meet our goal in the last few years, making our goal this year was not an option, stated Pat Patrick, chair of the 2010-11 Campaign. “The staff and campaign cabinet met the challenge and laid the foundation for continued success in future campaigns.”

In addition to the amount raised during the campaign, the organization has diversified its fundraising efforts by seeking out and securing other dollars that directly impact the community and agencies.

The United Way of Anderson County was selected as the recipient of the United Way Association of South Carolina/South Carolina Department of Social Services Matching Grants program, distributing funds totaling $78,187.50 to five organizations within the United Way of Anderson County structure. The following organizations were recipients of the funding - Anderson Area YMCA Westside, preschool of quality childcare of children birth to 5; Developmental Center for Exceptional Children, quality childcare activities for special needs children birth to 5; Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, afterschool and summer programs; We Stand for Kids, afterschool and summer programs for children of incarcerated parents, and Iva Recreational Center, afterschool and summer programs.

The AmeriCorps Graduate Anderson grant was awarded to United Way in the amount of $248,408. This grant put 10 individuals in the following organizations who would otherwise not be able to afford additional manpower: Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Alston Wilkes Society, Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Adult Education Success Center, IMPACT!, Youth Volunteer Corps, United Way of Anderson County and We Stand for Kids.

Other grants allowed for the completion of city and county neighborhood projects, free training for non profit agency personnel, and books for children ages 0-5 through the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

These grants combined with dollars raised through the campaign puts the organization at an income exceeding $2 million dollars.

Distribution of funds to nonprofits will be announced at a later date after approval by the United Way Board of Directors.

For information, call 864-226-3438 or go to http://www.unitedwayofanderson.org.

Article originally appeared on The Anderson Observer (http://andersonobserver.com/).
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