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UWKC gearing up for annual fundraising campaign

Posted: August 3, 2014 11:01 a.m.
Updated: August 4, 2014 5:00 a.m.
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Target representative Greg Brownell and INVISTA employee Eddie Adamson demonstrate how the UWKC helps to eradicate problems in Kershaw County. The theme for this year’s campaign, which will kick off Sept. 11, is “You are the main ingredient in our recipe for success.”


The United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) hosted its annual Industrial Luncheon on Wednesday to gear up for this year’s upcoming financial campaign. UWKC’s Day of Caring on Sept. 11 will mark the official kickoff to the 2014-2015 financial campaign.

Employees from different industrial sites around Kershaw County will be asked to make a financial pledge to help meet the financial goal of the UWKC for the upcoming year. The industrial section of the UWKC’s financial campaign makes up 38 percent of the donations and pledges that will help the UWKC fund its partner agencies throughout Kershaw County.

 “Ninety-nine percent of the gift stays in Kershaw County and 1 percent goes to national,” UWKC President Donny Supplee said. “Many other agencies are top down, but we are bottom up. We have specific big goals in our community we want to be accountable for: education, health, financial stability and hunger and homelessness. When people give, they are giving to make a difference in our community.”

Luncheon attendees also learned about how the United Way operates at a national level.

“We are one of 1,400 United Ways throughout the United States. We are all independent and we all have a local board of directors. Our local board decides where our money is going, who is going to spend it and how much they are going to spend,” Supplee said.

Industry members, along with other volunteers, will also participate in United Way’s Day of Caring. This will give volunteers a chance to help local organizations with a number of projects.

Target representative Greg Brownell shared the work his company recently performed at the Jackson Teen Center.

“In June, we went to the Jackson Teen Center for the Boys & Girls Club (of the Midlands),” Brownell said. “They wanted us to turn it into a hangout- a place where you could come to be safe, do your homework and hang out with your peers. We were able to do some really amazing things in that short period of time. We highly encourage you to get your companies involved. It is rewarding.”

Brownell and INVISTA employee Eddie Adamson illustrates for the audience how the UWKC works to “clear up” issues that are present in the community.

“Five dollars to you might not be much, but to someone who is struggling to eat that’s a meal, every little bit helps.” Adamson said.



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