The thermometer signs around town hit 90 percent for the Yadkin Valley United Fund campaign this week, but leaders with the local nonprofit organization continue their push toward the $200,000 goal, the highest ever, as the holidays are in full swing.
David Steelman, executive director of YVUF, and Susan Stewart, president of the YVUF Board of Directors, recognized Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and Elkin City Schools this week for increasing their giving to the united fund this year.
While hosting the YVUF board for a lunch meeting Wednesday, Paul Hammes, CEO of HCMH, said, “We appreciate the fantastic work that the United Fund is doing for the community.”
He recognized the board for its efforts in helping nonprofits in the community and said the hospital “has been very pleased to support the united fund for a number of years and especially proud of the results we’ve had this year.”
This year the hospital set a goal of raising $25,000, and Steelman said he is certain they have exceeded that this year with the greatest amount the hospital has raised to date.
With the $200,000 goal, the organization leaders learned recently that one of its donors which previously has given $25,000 will only be giving $5,000 this year due to the donor assisting those in need due to natural disasters this year, leaving the locally-led united fund in a lurch and seeking out new sources for the $20,000 to make up the final 10 percent of the campaign goal.
A recent gift from the Boyles-Eidson Foundation provided $5,000 to help the group get to that 90 percent mark, Steelman informed the board Wednesday.
During the meeting, Steelman recognized Cynthia Douglas of G&B Energy for her 20 years of bookkeeping for the Yadkin Valley United Fund and expressed thanks to her company for allowing her to provide that service.
Also, Don Clark of Century 21 was voted in as president-elect and will take that role in June of 2018.
Warren Bates of HCMH and Superintendent Dr. Myra Cox were introduced as new board members, completing the 18 seats on the YVUF board.
Funds provided to the united fund are then distributed to its nonprofit partners including Feed the Elderly, Yadkin Valley Senior Center, Cancer Services Inc., Elkin Lions Club, Grace Clinic Yadkin Valley, Mountain Valley Hospice, American Red Cross Surry County chapter, The ARK, Elkin Rescue Squad, Mountain Park Rescue Squad, Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministry, CareNet Counseling, Children’s Center of Surry, D.A.R.E., Girl Scout Hut Fund, Boy Scouts Old Hickory Council, SAFE Wilkes, Salvation Army of Surry County, Surry Friends of Youth, Surry Homeless and Affordable House Coalition, Wilkes Developmental Day School, YVEDDI Surry Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault program, Foothills Arts Council, Jonesville Public Library and Watershed NOW.
The organization also funds a scholarship for three students, one at each local high school, Elkin, East Wilkes and Starmount.
A donor gala celebrating those who give $500 or more will be held April 7, 2018, and anyone giving $200 or more will receive a John Furches print.
Tax deductible donations may be mailed to YVUF, P.O. Box 593, Elkin, NC 28621, or given online at yadkinvalleyunitedfund.org. Steelman can be reached at 336-469-2860 or email@example.com.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.