• 75°

United Way gives additional $10,000 to local Red Cross

By Amanda Raymond

amanda.raymond@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Families across Rowan County depend on the American Red Cross to help them while they get back on their feet after a disaster. This time, the Rowan County United Way was there to help the local Red Cross in its time of need.

The United Way board of directors recently approved $10,000 in emergency funding to the local Red Cross chapter.

The Red Cross is one of 16 community agencies supported by the United Way.

Shelia Crunkelton, executive director of the Southern Piedmont Chapter of the American Red Cross, said the agency exceeded its United Way budget for this fiscal year in December. The United Way fiscal year runs from March 1 to Feb. 28.

Crunkelton said the Red Cross has had to respond to more emergency situations in Rowan County than ever before.

“We had so many fires that we responded to,” she said.

Some of those fires were in apartment buildings and large houses, which means more people needed help at once.

When the United Way learned that the Red Cross needed extra help, the board of directors decided to step in.

Denise Hallett, president of the board, said the United Way set aside emergency funding years ago for situations such as this. Hallett said United Way did not have to use emergency fund money last year, but in years past it has used it after major layoffs to provide additional funding to agencies that help with things such as bill-paying assistance.

Crunkelton said the Red Cross’ main goal is to provide a safe place to stay and money to buy basic essentials, including food and clothing, after individuals or families have gone through a disaster like a fire. After the essentials are provided for, a caseworker meets with the family to determine additional needs. The Red Cross can help pay for rent and utilities or help replace essential medications.

The response is 90 percent volunteer-led and occurs within seven days of a fire, usually the same day, Crunkelton said.

Hallett said the additional funding will help the Red Cross continue to provide emergency assistance to Rowan County.

“What this does is it makes it a whole lot less stressful for someone,” Hallett said.

The more money raised in the United Way’s fundraising campaign, Hallett said, the more the United Way can give to organizations like the Red Cross and others that provide short- and long-term assistance.

Crunkelton said the United Way is a key partner for funding the disaster relief budget.

“They are truly supporting disaster relief in their community,” she said.

Contact reporter Amanda Raymond at 704-797-4222.

Comments

Local

Cornhole tournament at New Sarum Brewery brings out Panthers fans, raises money for charity

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged for breaking and entering, burglary tools

Nation/World

Senators race to overcome final snags in infrastructure deal

Crime

Child killed in Monroe drive-by shooting; 1 arrested

Local

Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s Dragon Boat race returns after year hiatus

Local

Marker commemorating Jim Crow-era lynchings in Rowan County, racial injustice required years of work

Local

Identified Marine was a Salisbury native, served in WWII

Coronavirus

Rowan County sees COVID-19 cases coming more quickly, remains in middle tier for community spread

Cleveland

Cleveland plans to build walking trail, community barn quilt mural

High School

High school athletics: Male Athlete of the Year Walker in league of once-in-a-generation players

Business

Young entrepreneur learns lesson of responsibility by raising quail, selling eggs

Lifestyle

Historic McCanless House sold, buyers plan on converting home into events venue

Lifestyle

Library’s Summer Reading Week 10 has virtual storytime, last chance to log hours

Coronavirus

Positive COVID test knocks DeChambeau out of Olympics

College

College football: North grad Delaney ready for next challenges at Johnson C. Smith

College

Fishing: Carson grad Bauer signs with CVCC

Business

Biz Roundup: City of Salisbury brings back in-person community resource fair

Nation/World

States scale back virus reporting just as cases surge

Nation/World

Wildfires blasting through West draw states to lend support

Nation/World

French protesters reject virus passes, vaccine mandate

News

State briefs roundup

Crime

Salisbury man arrested for robbery in Cleveland

Crime

Blotter: South Carolina man arrested after attempting to purchase dog with stolen credit card

Local

Carolyn Hurley remembered as giving person