Thank you to everyone who supported United Way’s literacy initiative by donating children’s books, and to all the agencies who are eager to care for our community’s needs! As a result of the book drive this past fall, United Way collected over 500 children’s books.
Since the book drive, United Way has been helping increase the accessibility of children’s reading material by distributing books on Mountain Day in October and by contacting agencies that have high needs for children’s books. This past week, children’s books from the drive were distributed to Rockbridge Area Relief Association, where the books will be displayed on a bookshelf for children to take home for free. United Way is in the process of distributing books to other agencies according to their needs.
Gloria, Dolly and Lyz display books donated by members of the Maury River Senior Center
A family chooses books at Mountain Day
Books waiting for children at RARA
Literacy is a skill that is essential for educational success, so our community is helping grow beginning readers.
Read the original UWR Book Drive article here.
2017-18 Annual Appeal Launches September 18
Book Drive – Monday September 18 through Saturday September 30
United Way of Rockbridge is excited to announce that the 2017-18 Annual Appeal will launch on September 18 with a Community Wide Book Drive. Some 18 local businesses and organizations volunteered to be drop-off locations for gently used or new books for ages 0 to 3rd grade. We will distribute these as part of our early childhood literacy project.
General’s Club Reception – Tuesday, September 19 at Kendal
The annual Generals Club will be 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at Kendal Hall by invitation. For information and RSVPs email Patte Wood, Executive Director.
In calendar year 2016, 18 local agencies received funding for 22 projects. United Way of Rockbridge helps your dollars stretch farther and impact families and organizations in big ways. Our biggest accomplishment was the second annual A DAY IN K event held at Hull’s Drive-in on April 6, 2017. Organized by UWR and the three local school districts and supported by Lee Hi and Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital. Over 100 families with children about to enter Kindergarten were able to learn about their next adventure in life. They were greeted by teachers, principals, fire, police, and rescue personnel, explored exhibits on nutrition, the RRL bookmobile, and were able to climb into and sit in a school bus. Each family received information and each child received a brand new book to take home. The families then watched a short film on the kindergarten experience produced by W&L students and “You Are A Good Man Charlie Brown.” A great time was had by all.
United Way of Rockbridge’s Annual Appeal was a huge success. We raised 98% of the funds ($247,293) to fulfill our FY2016-17 Goal of $250,000. This means that we were able to increase the amount of funding that 17 local agencies will receive in calendar year 2018. We would like to thank all of our donors who went above and beyond in responding to the needs of Rockbridge Area residents. You proved that Local People Meeting Local Needs can happen.
As we look forward to launching our 2017-18 Annual Appeal this fall, remember that needs are ongoing and we hope you will continue supporting United Way as you decide on your charitable giving going forward.
Forbes came out with their annual ranking of charities; the United Way network comes in at the top. They are careful to point out that in fact United Way consists of 1,000+ legally independent local charities and not one giant entity. We at the United Way of Rockbridge benefit from the services that being a member of a large organization provides. But we aren’t burdened with a remote bureaucracy. A full 99% of what we receive stays in the community, and if we factor in “credits” towards seminars and regional executive director meetings, we get back much of our annual assessment from United Way Worldwide. The Forbes list also provides measures of fundraising efficiency and charitable commitment; United Way ranks well on both.
We thank the Generals Club members who have donated or pledged, and small businesses that have become Community Leaders. Several employers have now begun their workplace campaigns on our behalf – thank you!!
Join us at Kendal Hall from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm in the meeting hall to the right of the entrance of the main building. We’ll introduce our agencies and how your contribution benefits the community.