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United Way hits 90 percent of its fundraising goal

Community contributor • Nov 10, 2015 at 9:30 AM

KINGSPORT - The United Way of Greater Kingsport has raised $3.6 million (90 percent) of its $4 million campaign goal for 2015, the non-profit organization recently announced.

“Our children perform better in school, our neighborhoods are safer, and our communities are healthier when you ‘Give it Forward’ through investing in United Way,” said Craig Denison, market president of Bank of Tennessee and the 2015 campaign chair.

The United Way has set a goal to raise $4 million in cash and pledges when the campaign closes in early November. Last year, the non-profit organization raised $3.93 million in cash and pledges, with in-kind contributions from the media and community partners totaling approximately $240,000.

The UWGK supports 44 programs through 29 agencies, such as the Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc., Hope House, the Literacy Council and Meals on Wheels. Programs supported fall under four focus areas: helping children and youth succeed, promoting self-sufficiency, ensuring safety and stability and supporting aging with choices.

In addition, the funds go towards the United Way's community impact initiatives, such as United We Read, Life Bridge and the Senior Connect web site.

The UWGK’s 2015 campaign theme — “A Better Life For All. A Better Life For You”— underscores the value of giving it forward and getting it back, officials say.

“United Way knows Greater Kingsport is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Our organization is encouraging community members to ask: ‘Could It Be Better?’” said Danelle Glasscock, executive director of the UWGK. “Here at United Way, making it better means that everyone in the community has an opportunity for a quality education, financial stability, and good health.”

Individuals, companies, or organizations interested in learning more about United Way’s work or investing in the community through UWGK are encouraged to visit www.abetterlifeforall.org. Contributions may also be made directly to the organization by mailing a check to UWGK, 301 Louis Street, Suite 201, Kingsport, TN 37660. Inquiries may be made by calling (423) 378-3409, ext. 10.

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