LAURINBURG — With the next fundraising campaign for United Way of Scotland County all but around the corner, Director Coy Moody visited with the Optimist Club of Laurinburg on Thursday to talk about what the organization does.
“Simply put, we help people,” she told the 20 Optimist members who attended the club’s weekly luncheon. “We raise money to assist the people of Scotland County through the programs and member agencies.”
Moody said the United Way in Scotland County does not fund salaries or pay for overhead, like electric bills or rent.
“All the money we raise must go back into the community,” she added, “and we only fund agencies, we don’t pay directly to individuals.”
The United Way of Scotland County helps fund 19 non-profit agencies that are active in the county. It also funds a number of programs like the recent Safety Town, which is a week-long event aimed at pre-kindergarten children and teaches such things as bus safety, fire safety, water safety and animal safety.
“We usually get about 40 children,” Moody said. “It’s a popular thing and it’s been going on for decades.”
The United Way of Scotland County’s fundraising campaign will kick off on Sept. 7 with the annual Day of Caring event — where about 200 volunteers are active with various projects throughout the county — and run through the end of the year.
There will also be a number of workplace campaigns started ranging in size from the elaborate to those lesser in size.
Moody said the goal for the upcoming campaign has been set at $280,000. She shared that, in the United Way’s first year of 1953, the goal was $17,000 — a far cry from the organization’s high a number of years ago, when the amount raised was more than $550,000.
Anyone wanting to set up a workplace campaign or make a one-time donation to the United Way of Scotland County can call Moody at 910-276-6064 or go online at www.uwscotco.org.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached at 910-506-3023 or [email protected]rinburgexchange.com.