United Way held its annual Pacesetters Luncheon in appreciation to those businesses, which have already completed their fundraising campaigns.
The Pacesetters include The Bolivar Commercial, Monsanto, Quality Steel, Atmos Energy, Entergy and Baxter Healthcare.
"When you give to United Way, you are giving to an organization that helps people take care of the less fortunate in our community and that's what its all about," said Funds Distribution Chair Kevin Cox.
"We really appreciate the time and energy that the PaceSetters have invested. This is a terrific organization that provides much needed funding for local groups and organizations, " said Sledge.
Campaign chair Brett Boykin, announced upcoming campaign events such as the kickoff luncheon, the United We Dance competition and the 2014 tennis tournament.
"Next Tuesday is our kickoff luncheon at the First United Baptist Church at noon.
"After the kickoff luncheon, all other divisions will start their campaign. Each division is given a packet and visits with local businesses to discuss what they're going to pledge this year," added Boykin.
According to Cox, United Way assures that all donations are properly invested.
"About every April, we gather a list of community members of about 15 to 20, and we divide into groups. We then ask each agency that wants United Way funds to apply and come meet with our committee. They have to come every year and justify their funding. The process takes about four weeks," said Cox.
He also added, "I believe that this process is the heart and soul of United Way. The people we deal with are the people who are trying to solve the various needs of people in our community."
Cox said each member agency is required to report in detail how the organization funding is used.
The United Way of Cleveland-Bolivar County lends a helping hand to various agencies, such as American Red Cross, Bolivar County Literacy Council, Boy Scouts, Community Counseling, 4-H of Bolivar County, Girl Scouts Heart of the South, Helping Hands/Community Assistance, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The organization rendered assistance to over 3,000 individuals through the Helping Hands/Community Assistance agency and it has assisted over 200 individuals who participate in the Bolivar County Literacy Council.