Editorial: Give to United Way

Published 12:10 am Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The United Way of Rowan County is nearing the end of its 2015 fundraising campaign, having reached only 77 percent of its $1.99 million goal.

The 16 agencies that receive funding through this campaign provide priceless services to the community, touching local lives in countless ways.

In case you need to be reminded who these agencies are and what they do, here you go:

The Arc of Rowan advocates for people with intellectual and  developmental disabilities and has been instrumental in establishing group homes, vocational, recreational, summer programs and public awareness.

Families First provides community-based rehabilitation services, teen parenting programs, court-based services and educational programs aimed at building stronger families.

The Salvation Army is devoted to meeting human needs without discrimination, offering everything from prison ministries to Christmas assistance. The agency is also fighting human trafficking.

Trinity Living Center provides day services for older adults to help them enjoy activities and establish friendships, all while receiving medical care, meals and help with personal care if needed.

Family Crisis Council works to empower victims of rape, sexual assault, incest and domestic violence to take back their lives.

Smart Start of Rowan’s vision is that every child will receive the education, nurturing and support needed to provide the foundation for them to grow into healthy, productive citizens.

YMCA of Rowan County’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Meals on Wheels of Rowan’s mission is to provide a meal and friendly visit to the homebound residents of Rowan.

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center provides a focal point for aging resources as well as opportunities to extend independent living and enrich the quality of life for Rowan’s older adults.

Rowan County Rescue Squad provides 24-hour rescue, emergency medical and protection to other hazards to life and property.

Rowan County Literacy Council’s trained volunteers provide free, confidential, one-to-one tutoring to adults 16 years and older in basic literacy skills and English as a second language.

Rowan Vocational Opportunities operates a rehabilitation facility to provide work adjustment, vocational training and long term or transitory employment and life skills for people with disabilities.

Boy Scouts, Central N.C. Council provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness

Rowan County Youth Services Bureau operates programs to help youths, from mentoring and after-school activities to groups where they can just talk and be themselves.

E.H. Dole Chapter of the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Communities in Schools of Rowan County surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Through a gift to United Way, you help all these agencies and more. Please give.