Rowan County United Way Sets 2018 Goal at $1.6 Million
The Rowan County United Way Board of Directors has approved a goal of $1.6 million for its 2018 campaign, which kicks off Sept. 14 at a noon meeting at the Hurley Family YMCA in Salisbury.
This year’s theme is “Every Day, the United Way,” with campaign leaders emphasizing the broad reach of Rowan County United Way, which touches the lives of hundreds of people every single day throughout the year.
John Struzick, Manufacturing Finance Manager for Innospec Performance Chemicals in Salisbury and High Point, is chairman of the fall fundraising campaign, which involves an army of volunteers across the county. The funds raised are distributed to 17 local human services agencies approved by the local Rowan County United Way board.
“2018 is a pivotal year in fundraising for Rowan County United Way,” Struzick said. “This has been a year of significant change for our local United Way, but one thing that has not changed is our commitment to the health and well-being of our Rowan County people. I am honored and humbled to serve our community in this capacity for the 2018 campaign.”
“Every day, agencies of our Rowan County United Way are bettering the lives of people all across Rowan County,” Struzick added. “Every day, our Rowan County United Way is hard at work to make sure the funds and services needed are available. Every day, Rowan County United Way is local: Our funds are raised locally and invested locally for the benefit of our local citizens. Every day, we strive to maintain the highest level of service with the least amount of administrative cost. Our agencies support health and human services all over the county with a primary focus on taking care of the basic needs of our community.”
The goal is a $122,000 increase over last year’s goal, but only a slight increase over the actual achievement of the 2017 campaign. However, several large, one-time donations lifted the 2017 campaign over its goal.
Struzick is confident that this year’s campaign can meet or exceed the $1.6 million goal. “I look forward to working with what I believe to be the best campaign cabinet assembled to date, and the most generous and hardworking community of volunteers I have ever seen,” he said.
Other fall United Way events include: The Sunrise Run, Sept. 1, 7-10 a.m., through Salisbury’s picturesque historic district; Day of Caring, Sept. 13, 7:30 a.m., Salisbury YMCA; First Report, Sept. 26, 12 p.m., Ben Mynatt; Second Report, Oct. 10, 12 p.m., Gerry Wood; Third Report, Oct. 24, 12 p.m., Team Chevrolet; Fourth Report, Nov. 7, 12 p.m., Cloninger Ford-Toyota; and the finale, Nov. 14, 12 p.m., Hurley Family YMCA.
The Rowan County United Way was chartered in 1956. The 15 United Way member agencies and two partner agencies are: 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, Salvation Army, Trinity Living Center, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, Families First Inc., Family Crisis Council, Smart Start Rowan, Capstone Recovery Center and Jobs for Life.
For more information, visit www.rowanunitedway.org or follow the Rowan County United Way on Facebook.