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United Way of Kershaw County meets goal
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United Way of Kershaw County staff and board members celebrate meeting this years fund-raising goal of $650,000. The money will go towards funding various partner agencies of the United Way in Kershaw County. - photo by Tenell Felder

The United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) is excited to announce that it has reached its fund-raising goal of $650,000. The goal set this year was a 13 percent increase from last year’s.

"Our theme was ‘breaking the cycle of poverty,’ it is wonderful to actually get to celebrate that this money will go a long way in helping to break that cycle," said UWKC staff member Pam Spivey,

"A lot of people worked hard and the community is so caring ... the collective energy was thrilling."

UWKC President Donny Supplee points out that many agencies across the country have suffered cut backs in their federal funding.

"Its pretty awesome we can do expansion and not just keep pace -- All of our agencies were looking at reductions in state and federal funding. That’s a nation wide struggle that hits us at home," said Supplee.

Because this year’s goal was met, all 19 UWKC partner agencies will be able to have 100 percent funding for the second year of their allocations.

Money will also be spent for programs for Income Care Council, Health Care Council, Education Care Council, Hunger/ Homelessness Care Council, 2-1-1, Transportation Initiative, New Day on Mill, School Tools and the Housing Initiative.