United Way of Greater High Point Tops $4.9 Million
United Way of Greater High Point Campaign Chairman Tommy Reid has announced $4.9 million has been raised in the 2017 campaign.
“2017 was another challenging year. We continued to see a change in ownership or leadership and the resulting ‘uncertainty’ at several of our largest employers. Those changes definitely impact the workplace campaigns,” said Bobby Smith, President of United Way of Greater High Point. “However, it is a testament to the unrivaled generous spirit of High Point citizens and to our campaign volunteers and staff that we came so close to matching last year’s record amount of just over five million dollars. Our results once again are most impressive when you consider that we already had the 2nd highest per capita in the State of North Carolina to begin with, which means your ability to continue growing is a challenge.”
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. was again the top contributor in the 2017 United Way campaign. ODFL was followed by City of High Point, High Point University, High Point Regional Health, Thomas Built Buses, Marsh Furniture, Cross Company, Mickey Truck Bodies, North State and Guilford County Schools for the Top 10.
Four High Point organizations were honored with the prestigious Spirit of North Carolina Award by United Way of North Carolina. High Point winners include Guilford County Schools, High Point University, Mickey Truck Bodies and Old Dominion Freight Line.
The annual campaign benefits 28 local agencies that annually serve over 80,000 clients. The United Way has long addressed food insecurity and basic needs as a priority issue. The organization is actively involved in the Greater High Point Food Alliance and is donating both office space and its services as the fiscal agent and backroom office provider—just as it does for Partners Ending Homelessness For Guilford County. The United Way estimates it collects more than 250,000 pounds of food donations annually in addition to the funding it provides to numerous agencies who are addressing the issue of food insecurity. The United Way BackPack program feeds more than 1,250 kids during the school year and additional kids during the summer and extended school breaks.
Rev Frank Thomas of Mt Zion Baptist Church will chair the 2018 Campaign and Matt Thiel of Wells Fargo Advisors will follow him in 2019.
About United Way of Greater High Point: United Way of Greater High Point, Inc. develops community resources and partnerships that support a broad array of critical health and human service needs in our community. Resources are focused on community impact programs that promote and improve education, financial stability, and health in Greater High Point. Dating back nearly 100 years ago as the “Community Chest”, funds were given to original partner agencies including American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, the YMCA, the YWCA and the Boy Scouts. These agencies and 23 others are still supported by United Way of Greater High Point today.