United Way Adopts 2017 Goal of $1.4 Million

The Rowan County United Way Board of Directors has adopted a goal of $1,478,000 for its 2017 campaign, which kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at a noon meeting at the Salisbury YMCA.
This year’s theme is “Better Together. Giving. Working. Growing,” with campaign leaders emphasizing the spirit of working together to achieve a healthier community.
County Manager Aaron Church and City Manager W. Lane Bailey are co-chairmen of the fall fund-raising campaign that involves hundreds of volunteers throughout the county. The funds are distributed to 16 local human services agencies approved by the United Way.

“We look forward to a strong giving campaign in 2017,” said Bailey, calling it an honor to serve as co-chairman of the campaign. “Both Aaron and I recognize the importance of United Way agencies and the part they play in our residents’ every day lives, including during times of crisis. Organizations such as the YMCA and the American Red Cross provide invaluable assistance to our diverse communities throughout Rowan County.”
Church said that he is looking forward to working with the campaign Cabinet, Bailey and the volunteers. “There are lots of needs and the money stays local,” he said.
Other fall events include Sunset Run, Sept. 1, 6-9 p.m., Downtown Salisbury; Day of Caring, Sept. 14, 7:30 a.m., Salisbury YMCA; First Report, Sept. 27, noon, Ben Mynatt; Second Report, Oct. 11, noon, Gerry Wood; third Report, Oct. 25, Team Chevrolet; Belk Charity Event, Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m.; and Finale, Nov. 15, noon, Salisbury YMCA.

The Rowan County United Way was chartered in 1956. The 16-member agencies include the Rowan County Literacy Council, The Arc/Rowan, Rowan Vocational Opportunities, Boy Scouts, Central NC Council; Communities in Schools of Rowan County, Rowan County YMCA, Rowan County Youth Services Bureau, American Red Cross, Rowan County Rescue Squad, The Salvation Army, Trinity Living Center, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, Families First, Inc., Family Crisis Council and Smart Start Rowan.

For more information, visit the website, www.rowanunitedway.org, or follow the United Way on Facebook.

 

United Way New Campaign Theme: ‘Better Together’

The Rowan County United Way Board of Directors has adopted a theme and logo: “Better Together. Giving. Working. Growing” for the 2017 fall campaign. The campaign will get under way in September, with hundreds of volunteers working with campaign co-chairmen Lane Bailey, Salisbury City Manager, and Aaron Church, Rowan County Manager.

The funds raised in the campaign are distributed to 16 local human services agencies approved by the United Way.

Henry Diggs, President of the Board of Directors, said that the logo, with a contemporary design of multi-cultural people working together, illustrates the cooperative effort of the co-chairmen of the campaign, both experienced with United Way work.

“The logo conveys the message we would like to see for United Way and our

community,” said Diggs. “We ARE better together in achieving identified goals and expectations that will lead to a much healthier community, as we all work together for the overall good.”

Michelle Patterson, Chairman of the Public Relations Committee, said the committee feels that “the theme reflects our campaign cabinet, community, the spirit of the United Way and its agencies.We are better together,” she said. ”We can accomplish so much when we work together.”

The Rowan County United Way was chartered in 1956. The 16-member agencies include the Rowan County Literacy Council, The Arc/Rowan, Rowan Vocational Opportunities, Boy Scouts, Central NC Council; Communities in Schools of Rowan County, Rowan County YMCA, Rowan County Youth Services Bureau, American Red Cross, Rowan County Rescue Squad, The Salvation Army, Trinity Living Center, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, Families First, Inc., Family Crisis Council and Smart Start Rowan.

For more information, visit the website, www.rowanunitedway.org, or follow the United Way on Facebook.

Left: W. Lane Bailey; Right: Aaron Church

 

City and County Managers Will Lead Rowan County United Way 2017 Campaign

The Salisbury City Manager and the Rowan County Manager will serve as co-chairmen of the 2017 Rowan County United Way Campaign. County Manager Aaron Church and City Manager W. Lane Bailey will direct the fall fund-raising campaign which involves hundreds of volunteers throughout the county. The funds are distributed to 16 local human services agencies approved by the United Way.

“We are very excited about Lane and Aaron leading our campaign,” said Henry Diggs, President of the United Way Board of Directors. “This will be the first time our United Way has co-chairs in charge of our fund-raising efforts.

“We love the idea of the partnership between the city and county managers working together. There is power in unity, and this is an excellent example of much needed demonstrated unity, working together for the overall good of our beloved community.”

Bailey has worked with United Way campaigns in both Rowan County and Lenoir. “United Way provides essential assistance for our community and serves as a safety net for many people in a number of service areas,” he said. “I can’t imagine our community without United Way organizations and the incredible work they provide.”

Church said that the Rowan County United Way is important “because the money stays local and the need is real.”

Bailey began work as Salisbury City Manager March of 2015.  He has 25 years of governmental experience, having served seven years as a County Manager and 18 years as a Municipal Manager. Before coming to Salisbury, he served as City Manager for Lenoir. He is a member of the Salisbury Rotary Club, the International City County Management Association and is an ICMA Credentialed Manager. He is a member and past president of the North Carolina City County Management Association.

He is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration.  He and his wife, Ruth, have two children, son Brennen and daughter Catherine.

Church has served the public for the last 13 years as a Congressional Aide in the U.S. House of Representatives, Assistant County Manager, Deputy County Manager, and now, County Manager.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Appalachian State University. He holds a Certificate in County Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an emerging Leaders Certificate from the International City/County Managers Association.

He and his wife, Erica, and their two children, Mary and Finlley, live in Granite Quarry.

The Rowan County United Way was chartered in 1956. The 16-member agencies include the Rowan County Literacy Council, The Arc/Rowan, Rowan Vocational Opportunities, Boy Scouts, Central NC Council; Communities in Schools of Rowan County, Rowan County YMCA, Rowan County Youth Services Bureau, American Red Cross, Rowan County Rescue Squad, The Salvation Army, Trinity Living Center, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, Families First, Inc., Family Crisis Council and Smart Start Rowan.

For more information, visit the website, www.rowanunitedway.org, or follow the United Way on Facebook.

Henry Diggs Named Board President

Henry Diggs will lead the United Way of Rowan County as President of the Board of Directors this year. Diggs, a United Way volunteer for 37 years, is a minister and part-time site director for the FILM@6 Afterschool Program at Southeast Middle School.

Other officers are Graham Corriher, Vice President of Planning; Barry Hill, Vice President of Allocations; Michelle Patterson, Vice President of Public Relations; Brian Miller, Vice President of Agency Relations; and Gary Blabon, Treasurer.

New board members, along with Blabon and Patterson, are Shawn Adelsberger, Gary Blabon, Bill Burgin, Graham Corriher, Greg Dunn, and Dr. Lynn Moody. The Executive Director of Rowan Works, when named, will also serve.

Steve Fisher Receives Helping Hand Award

Steve Fisher, President and CEO of F&M Bank, has been presented the 2017 United Way’s Helping Hand Award, given annually to recognize outstanding service. He has completed two terms on the Board of Directors, serving as president and campaign chairman and working on numerous committees.

Denise Hallett received an award as outgoing President, and Penny Greer-Link, for outgoing Campaign Chairman.

 

 

 

Awards presented for the successful 2016 campaign include:

  • Campaign for Excellence, Less than 100 Employees, Henkel, accepted by Greg Hamblin, raised $19,617, an 85 percent increase over three years, and a 49 percentage of participation.
  • Campaign for Excellence, More than 100 Employees, Dillard’s Distribution Center, accepted by Joshua Marshall, raised $25,100, a 100 percent increase over three years, and a 96 percentage of participation.
  • Best Overall Campaign, Less than 100 Employees, Global Contact Services, accepted by Greg Alcorn, with a per capita of $1,156.18
  • Best Overall Campaign, More than 100 Employees, F&M Bank, with per capita of $409.11.
  • Campaign Chairman’s Achievement Award, Innospec,, accepted by John Struzick, with involvement by the CEO and employees holding special events to increase giving and a 128 percent increase in campaign improvement.
  • Most Improved Campaign, Less than 100 Employees, Ben Mynatt Nissan, accepted by Todd Rakes, with an increase of 128 percent, raising their percentage of giving from 52 percent to 89 percent.
  • Most Improved Campaign, More than 100 Employees, Rowan County Government, accepted by Kelli Cartwright, with an increase of 56 percent, raising their per capita giving from $127 to $146.
  • Most Employee Spirit, Akzo Nobel, accepted by Joan Correll and Jennifer Traylor, for participating in Day of Caring, holding employee meetings, offering incentives and holding fund-raising events.
  • Best New Campaign, Agility Fuel Systems, accepted by Shawn Adelsberger, raised a total of $10,900 with a per capita of $128.

 

Distinguished Agency Awards

The United Way recognized the14 member agencies for their work during the 2016 campaign.

American Red Cross

The Arc Rowan

Boy Scouts

Communities in Schools

Families First

Family Crisis

Literacy Council

Meals on Wheels

Rescue Squad

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center

Smart Start

Trinity Living Center

Vocational Opportunities

YMCA

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Campaign Schedule

  • Sunset Run, Sept. 1, 6-9 pm, Downtown Salisbury
  • Kick-Off, Sept. 6, noon-1 pm, Salisbury YMCA
  • Day of Caring, Spet. 14, 7:30 am, Salisbury YMCA
  • First Report, Sept. 27, noon-1 pm, Ben Mynatt
  • Second Report, Oct. 11, noon-1 pm, Gerry Wood
  • Third Report, Oct. 25, Team Chevrolet
  • Belk Charity Event, Oct. 29, 6-9 pm, Belk
  • Fourth Report, Nov. 8, noon-1 pm, Cloninger
  • Finale, Nov. 15, noon-1 pm, Salisbury YMCA

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