Executive Director Peggy Davis said the United Way’s campaign goal for 2013 was $123,710, and the organization exceeded that goal receiving pledges of $123,727.99.
“When we have a campaign, we’re collecting money for our member agencies,” said Davis.
Agencies currently funded through the United Way, include the American Red Cross, Bolivar County Literacy Council, Boy Scouts Chickasaw Council, Community Counseling Center, 4-H of Bolivar County, Girl Scouts Heart of the South, Helping Hands Community Assistance, Our House Inc., Sunny Seniors, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and U.S.O.
Davis added that member agencies are paid on a quarterly basis.
She said they are working on paying out their 2013 member agencies, and these agencies have to reapply each year to be a member.
The United Way was short just $691.51 of its goal as of July 25, but was able to exceed their goal by $17.99.
Davis said the two events the United Way held this year, the United We Win tennis tournament and Dancing The United Way, helped the organization reach its goal.
She added Dancing The United Way fundraiser alone raised over $6,000.
Davis said their membership requirements for 2014 were completed and United Way began its 2014 campaign on Aug. 1
“We’re starting on Pacesetters now,” said Davis, explaining Pacesetters are groups of businesses that campaign early and help set the pace for other givers and donors.
Davis said the kick-off for the 2014 campaign would be a barbecue luncheon on Sept. 16 at noon. The event is open to the public and costs $7 a plate.
Donations may be sent to the United Way of Cleveland-Bolivar County at P.O. Box 1795, Cleveland, MS 38732 or call 662-846-1646 for more information.