Our Annual Fundraising Campaign officially kicked-off on September 13th at the Heritage Conference and Events Center. The United Way of Henry County and Martinsville has served the area for more than 80 years. In that time frame, the organization has evolved along with Martinsville and Henry County. One thing has remained constant, the United Way’s ability to mobilize for the common good to help the most at risk members of our community and strengthen the capacity of local nonprofits to meet the needs of its most vulnerable citizens. Beverly Pitzer, 2019-2020 Campaign Chairman for the United Way, announced a goal of $600,000 for the year.
At the Campaign Kick-Off breakfast, Beverly Pitzer announced that pacesetters in the community had already raised $232,693.5 or 39 percent of the $600,000 goal. Pacesetter companies this year were American National Bank, Bassett Furniture Industries, Blue Ridge Bank, Carter Bank & Trust, Eastman Chemical, Henry County, Hooker Furniture, and Piedmont Community Services.
Beverly Pitzer remarked, “The annual campaign is a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate the caring power in our community. The work that is done by the United Way and other agencies throughout Martinsville and Henry County is made possible thanks to donors and volunteers like you. Your work and generosity enables the community to advance our initiatives in education, financial stability, and healthy living, which the community has deemed as the building blocks for a good quality of life.”
The Leadership Circle, chaired by Jerri and Joe Devault, is a group of dedicated United Way donors that all pledge at least $600 to the annual United Way campaign. In a typical year, the United Way has more than 180 donors in the Leadership Circle and with the Devault’s leadership this year’s campaign is off to a fantastic start.
The Campaign Kick-Off coincided with the annual Day of Action. This year, 138 volunteers worked on 14 projects throughout the community logging over 422 hours of volunteer services. Projects varied in time, activity, and skills required, but all benefited a local nonprofit, government agency or school system.
Philip Wenkstern, Executive Director of the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville, stated, “This is a great way to showcase the passion and generosity of the community. The United Way is a volunteer led and volunteer driven organization and having so many volunteers work on different projects throughout the area really helps demonstrate that mentality. Everything that the United Way accomplishes in Martinsville and Henry County is made possible thanks to supporters in the community. Your service, your contribution and your advocacy make positive change a reality.”
The United Way of Henry County and Martinsville works to mobilize for the common good. It aims to improve the financial stability of families, increase access to early childhood education and development, and works to advance the overall health of the community. Nearly 99% of every dollar donated to the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville remains in the area and supports more than 20 local nonprofit organizations.
Anyone who would like more information about the United Way or how to donate to the campaign, are encouraged to visit unitedwayofhcm.org/community-impact-grants or contact the United Way staff at 638-3946.