United Way reaches thousands of people

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The United Way Tar River Region has a lot of mouths to feed.

Programs in the Twin Counties area that depend on United Way for funding served 74,296 meals in fiscal 2013-14. That’s the equivlaent of feeding every single person in the city of Rocky Mount – plus another 15,000 or so people.

Of course, the agencies that receive United Way dollars go well beyond the city limits. And they do a lot more than prepare meals.

Programs supported by the organization offered activities and help to 19,400 kids in 2013-14. Nearly 6,000 people received health services from programs that receive United Way funding. Almost 80,000 people were helped by United Way in one way or another.

United Way helps more than 20 programs – everything from Red Cross relief efforts to domestic violence shelters to substance abuse rehabiliation to Boy Scouts to many more efforts. And those are just in the Twin Counties area.

But all of those needs require contributions from the rest of us. This year’s United Way fundraising campaign has reached 92 percent of its $1.2 million goal. Officials hope to raise the rest by the end of March.

Falling short of that mark likely would mean cuts to programs and services that lend a hand to people who need help the most. On a bigger scale, it would affect the quality of life in our community.

Residents of the Twin Counties have a great track record when it comes to helping others. If you haven’t made a donation yet to the United Way Tar River Region, please consider doing so today. It’s an effort that helps all of us.