United Way of Bladen County and Lumber River United Way have partnered for the 2021 Campaign to serve the needs of Bladen County better. The Campaign this year comes with a chance for Fare Share donors to win a $3,500 cash prize.
Dr. Cathy Gantz with United Way of Bladen County and Tate Johnson with Lumber River United Way announced the partnership last week. The theme of the Campaign is “GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE”. All donations generated in Bladen County stay in Bladen County.
“This is very, very exciting news,” Dr. Gantz said.
The Campaign rallies local businesses and organizations to support United Way efforts. Johnson explained, Fare Share donors will be entered in a drawing for a $3,500 cash prize sponsored by Peterson Toyota. An employee must donate at least one hour’s pay per month for the entire year to United Way to be a Fare Share donor.
The United Way 2021 Campaign materials distributed throughout Bladen County include:
- A pledge card.
- Fair Share entry form.
- A brochure highlighting United Way’s impact.
- A discounted ticket to a Fayetteville Marksmen hockey game where $5 for every ticket purchased is donated back to United Way.
“Our partnership will ensure our resources have a huge impact on community issues,” said Gantz.
United Way’s 2021 Campaign kicked off on Monday, August 2, and will run through the end of the year. The Fare Share Main Event where the cash prize winner will be announced is scheduled for Tuesday, January 11, 2022. In most cases, payroll deductions will start in January 2022.
Any business or organization interested in the United Way 2021 Campaign may contact Johnson with Lumber River United Way to request campaign materials at email@example.com.
“We hope that this year we can raise the funding needed to provide programs and initiatives in Bladen County,” Johnson stated.
Lumber River United Way serves Bladen, Hoke, and Robeson Counties. They have invested $354,272 in fifteen different nonprofits to provide community programs and initiatives. They invested over $24,000 in hurricane Florence Assistance, gave $35,109 to eighteen various nonprofits for COVID-19 Community Relief, invested nearly $75,000 in unique community programs and volunteer services, and gave a total of $257,355 to thirteen nonprofits for an Emergency Food and Shelter Program.
Anyone wanting to donate may do so online at lumberriveruw.org or mail a check to PO Box 2652, Lumberton, NC 28359.