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The United Fund of Stokes County Participated in the 2016 Christmas Parades in King and Walnut Cove
The United Fund of Stokes County Kicks Off Their 2016/2017 Campaign
The guest speaker was Rick Morris, our Stokes County Manager. Mr. Morris discussed the upcoming opportunities that are happening around our county.
Volunteers and donors were recognized. Awards were given for the 2016-17 Pacesetters who have started this year’s fundraising efforts. United Fund’s President, Willis Overby, presented the awards. This year’s Pacesetters are Reynolds American, Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station, Cavanaugh & Associates, Parkdale America, Stokes Family YMCA, NC Department of Transportation, Stokes County Schools, and Stokes County Government Center.
The United Fund's first annual Special Project Grant was presented to two qualifying projects. Gerald Jones and Susan Hathcock, board members, presented the Special Project checks to the Stokes County YMCA and the Lawsonville Elementary PTA. The Stokes County YMCA has a special project to install a stair lift chair to help disabled individuals with getting to the second floor for classes and the indoor track. The Lawsonville PTA is raising money to install new playground equipment that will accommodate children with disabilities.
Belews Creek Steam Station Golf Tournament
The United Fund of Stokes County had a great time at the Belews Creek Steam Station Golf Tournament on Friday, June 17, 2016. Belews Creek Steam Station hosts a golf tournament every year to raise money for the United Fund. Lunch was great! We were serve homemade barbeque and slaw, prepared by Vernon and Rhonda McKinney. Duke Energy and the employees at Belews Creek Steam Station are very generous donors to the United Fund every year. Thank you so much! Your generosity makes a difference in the lives of Stokes County residents.
Pictured left to right: Reggie Anderson, Doug Julian, Brandon James, Michele Mabe, Melisa Jessup, Thadia George
Dine Out For Stokes
Thank you to the restaurants listed below that participated in the Dine Out for Stokes event, held on March 11, 2016. These restaurants pledged to give to the United Fund of Stokes County.
Artist’s Way Creations – Danbury
Danbury General Store Grill – Danbury
LuLu’s Pizza-N-Stuff – Danbury
King Kitchen – King
Sam’s Pizza Etc. – Walnut Cove
King and Walnut Cove Parades
2015-16 Annual Fundraising Campaign
The United Fund kicks-off 2015-16 annual fundraising campaign
The guest speaker was Eddy McGee, who is the Director of the Stokes County Arts Council. Mr. McGee began with a song he wrote, called “Stokes County State of Mind”. He spoke about how his father was an inspiration when it come to helping and giving to others. His father had several quotes to live by. Mr. McGee stated his Dad was always saying “make a difference in someone’s life…today” and “live life with urgency, for we are not promised tomorrow”. He ended his speech with another great song that he wrote about his Dad.
Volunteers and donors were recognized. Awards were given for the 2015-16 Pacesetters who are started this year’s fundraising efforts. United Fund’s President, Willis Overby, presented the awards. This year’s Pacesetters are Reynolds American, Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station, Cavanaugh & Associates, Parkdale America, Stokes Family YMCA, NC Department of Transportation, Stokes County Schools, Stokes County Government Center, Pioneer Community Hospital, and Francisco Presbyterian Church.
2014-15 Annual Fundraising Campaign
United Fund of Stokes County kicks-off 2014-15 annual fundraising campaign
The United Fund of Stokes County kicked-off the annual fundraising campaign October 2, 2014 with a luncheon at Palmyra United Methodist Church. Those in attendance included volunteers, board members, and supporters of United Fund of Stokes County. A delicious meal was prepared by the ladies of Palmyra UMC.
Volunteers and donors were recognized. Awards were given for the 2014-15 Pacesetters who are starting off the fundraising efforts. United Fund’s President, Willis Overby, presented the awards. This year’s Pacesetters are Reynolds American, Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station, Cavanaugh & Associates, Parkdale America, Stokes Family YMCA, NC Department of Transportation, Stokes County Schools, Stokes County Government Center, and Francisco Presbyterian Church. Danbury Community Church was also recognized at the kick-off for the donations given by their congregation.
The guest speaker was Gerald Jones, who is a United Fund Board Member and the Pastor of Brims Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Jones stated, “We have givers and we have givers. We have givers who are giving money to support those givers who give their time, efforts, and talents to make a difference in the lives of people in Stokes County. That is an awesome thing.”
Mr. Overby wrapped up the luncheon with some insightful remarks. He stated, “It takes all of us, the ones who are pushing and the ones who are pulling to move us along. Please join in the team. Get behind the wagon and help by pushing or pulling. There are so many people who need the help and you can be a part of it.”
2013-14 Annual Fundraising Campaign
United Fund of Stokes County kicks off 2012-13 annual campaign
Mary Kerley, president ofUnited Fund of Stokes County, recognizes employees from Duke Energy Belews Creek Steam Station as being pacesetters. Pacesetters who give to the United Fund were recognized at a luncheon kicking off the 2012-13 campaign, “A Day of Change.” Other pacesetters in addition toDuke Energy wereFrancisco Presbyterian Church, N.C. Department of Transportation, Parkdale America, Pioneer Community Hospital of Stokes,Stokes Family YMCA, Stokes County Government Center, Stokes County Schools and The Winston-Salem Foundation - The Cavanaugh Fund. For information on how to give, Call 336-593-8904 or visit www.unitedfundofstokes.org.
Barry McGee, Christian comedian, entertains guests at the United Fund of Stokes County 2012-13 Campaign Kick-Off, which was held Oct. 4 at Palmyra United Methodist Church. Various community members and business leaders were invited to attend the luncheon.
Attendees at the United Fund of Stokes County Campaign Kick-Off listen to the guest entertainer, Barry McGee.
County Manager Rick Morris accepts a pacesetter award on behalf of the county fromMary Kerley, president of the United Fund of Stokes County. Pictured to Kerley’s right is the new Executive Director of the organization, Penny Bingman.
*Courtesy of The Stokes News
United Fund of Stokes County continues to meet needs
For decades, United Fund of Stokes County has been quietly working to make sure local non-profit groups have the funds necessary to meet the needs of county residents. The organization will continue working to that end with a new Executive Director and a campaign kick-off.
Penny Bingman is the new Executive Director for United Fund of Stokes County. She has been flooded with information about United Fund and the roughly 20 member agencies it supports. The experience has been eye opening.
Bingman spent time at the Stokes Stomp and other recent events introducing herself to leaders of member agencies and learning more about what they do in the community and how United Fund dollars are used.
“I never knew all of this,” said Bingman of what she has learned so far. For example, she learned that the summer reading program at local libraries is funded by United Fund.
A native of Westfield, Bingman said, “I’ve always tried to help in our community in any way I could.” And she feels passionate about the work United Fund and its member agencies are doing.
Mary Kerley, president of the United Fund of Stokes County Board of Directors, explains that the 501(c)3 organization was founded in 1958. For a while the organization was part of United Way, but some of the money had to go toward the national organization. So United Fund reverted back to its original set-up, Kerley said. The organization thrives on its motto, “Neighbor Helping Neighbor.”
United Fund of Stokes County only has one paid part-time position — Executive Director. The rest of the help is provided by volunteers. United Fund has an office in Danbury at 102 North Main Street, which is located diagonally across from Danbury General Store. The office is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bingman said many people call the office looking for services, and she always tries to direct them to the appropriate agencies.
The United Fund of Stokes County serves as a funnel, raising money then pouring it into approved non-profit organizations. Each year agencies submit applications to request funding. United Fund board members do one-on-one interviews with the agencies then divide into groups to come up with recommendations for funding, which are then finalized by the board.
Kerley said instead of having to search for an organization to donate to and investigate their operations, people can donate to United Fund who does the work vetting the groups.
“They know that their money is going to be utilized to the maximum,” she said.
People can also designate their funds to go to specific organizations, which United Fundhonors.
Soon a new funding campaign will begin. A luncheon is set for Oct. 4 at Palmyra United Methodist Church to kick off the 2012-13 campaign for donations. Comedian Barry McGee will be the guest speaker. Various community leaders and United Fund donors will attend. The campaign will then run from Oct. 4 through Dec. 31.
Last year pledges were around $169,000, Kerley said. “The economic downturn of course has affected that.”
The majority of the donations come from individuals. Employees at various local businesses work to raise funds, too. Duke Power employees, for example, host a golf tournament each year to raise money.
One of the challenges for United Fund is that 65 percent of Stokes County residents commute outside the county for work, Kerley estimated. Many of them do not know that their United Way payroll deduction pledge can be designated to United Fund of Stokes County. People can write this on the card. United Way will then write United Fund a check less an administrative fee.
Bingman said it is important to give back to the community, because you never know when you may need to take advantage of some of the services offered by local non-profit organizations.
*Courtesy of The Stokes News