With just more than a month left in this year’s fundraising campaign, the Yadkin Valley United Fund already has had more contributions toward its $150,000 goal than it did in last year’s campaign which came up short of goal.
“We’ve put a lot of enthusiasm and passion into it,” said David Steelman, executive director of the local united fund group. “We’re between $140,000 and $145,000. We’ve had a lot of activity the last couple of weeks, and we are over 90 percent.”
Steelman said at 90 percent of the goal, there are still businesses and people the group hasn’t heard back from on pledges and donations, so he feels confident the goal will be reached.
Last year’s goal was $145,000 and the final campaign total was just short of that at $137,000, he said.
He credited this year’s efforts to a board filled with many new people as well as some existing board members and the hard work they’ve put in. “We’ve done a lot to publicize that it’s not just Elkin, it’s eight communities” who benefit.
The top contributors in this year’s campaign, which will end at Thanksgiving, are Phillips Van Heusen in Jonesville, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and G&B Energy in Elkin. “They’ve all just had exceptionally good years,” Steelman said.
“We have our commitments for next year,” Steelman said of what the fund has promised nonprofit agencies in the area. “We don’t want people to hesitate to give, we’ll do something good with the money.
“We may actually go over our goal this year.”
The fund donates to agencies in eight communities in Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties, including Feed the Elderly, Yadkin Valley Senior Services, Cancer Services, Mountain Valley Hospice, Grace Clinic, American Red Cross Surry chapter, ECHO Ministry/The ARK, Elkin Rescue Squad, Mountain Park Rescue Squad, Carenet Counseling, Children’s Center of Surry, Girl Scout Hut Fund, Boy Scouts Old Hickory Council, SAFE Wilkes, Salvation Army of Surry, Surry Friends of Youth, Foothills Art Council and Jonesville Public Library.
The communities benefiting are Arlington, Jonesville, Elkin, Ronda, Traphill, Mountain Park, Thurmond and State Road.
To make donations, visit the Yadkin Valley United Fund’s office located in Century 21-Hudspeth offices on North Bridge Street, Elkin; mail to P.O. Box 593, Elkin, NC 28621; or visit the website at yadkinvalleyunitedfund.org where donations can be contributed online.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.