UW reaches 32 percent of its $183,000 goal

By Rozella Hardin
STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com

   Donations and pledges to the Elizabethton-Carter County United Way are trickling in, according to Brenda Wallace, executive director. When reports were received Monday, the 2004 United Way Campaign had met 32 percent of its goal of $183,000.
   The Commercial division reported reaching 42 percent of its goal; the industrial division, 38 percent; public service, 17 percent; professional, 22 percent; and residential, 85 percent.
   Tina Garrison, bookkeeper for the local United Way office, said funds for December allocations were $2,100 short. She asked permission from the board to take moneys from other accounts to make up the difference. "Thus far, we have not had to make cuts in allocations because of a shortage of funds. Last year, we had to make cuts in October, November and December," she explained.
   Loretta Pierce, treasurer, reported that the 2004 Campaign Account totaled $9,434; the 2003 account, $9,121.10; the administrative account, $6,924.69; Citizens Bank Savings Account, $29,883.84; and Carter County Savings Account, $50,267.51.
   Wallace reported that the audit for the past year had been received, and it had garnered good marks.
   Board members approved a monthly report from the American Red Cross, and voted to require only a quarterly report in the future rather than a monthly report.
   Kelly Geagley, vice chairman, presided at the meeting in the absence of Chairman Richard Tester.
   While campaign pledges and donations are lagging, board members expressed hope that the goal will be reached, and emphasized making contacts with those businesses which have not given in the past.
   "We are still struggling, but so are other United Way organizations in the area. We are part of a vicious cycle. Many of the people who donated through United Way through the payroll deductible plan are without jobs this year," explained Wallace.
   Wallace noted that she and bookkeeper Tina Garrison along with a couple of United Way volunteers assisted with taking applications for the Community Christmas Baskets earlier this month. "It was real educational. It was very cold, and the applicants stood in line for one-and-a-half hours," she said. "Many of them could use the food now."
   "They are wonderful people, but they need help. There was a couple whose income was only $300 a month, and no food stamps. A single mother with two children reported an income of only $500 monthly. There is really a great need in our community. More people need to be made aware of it," she said.
   Board members discussed ways to get businesses and individuals involved in the giving process. "United Way helps so many people," said Geagley.