St. Clair County residents loosened their collective purse strings to the tune of nearly $350, 000 in support of critical programs and initiatives supported by the United Way of Central Alabama in 2015. The initial goal of $335, 000 was exceeded by more than $14, 000, which opens the door for more residents and clients to receive support through United Way supported agencies in the area.
“Without the support of United Way it would be impossible for us to provide for St. Clair County,” said Tracy Blake, Director of the Arc of St. Clair County. “With the budget cuts and layoffs over the last several years, the funds from United Way help to sustain us and provide for the individuals we serve.”
Corporations like Publix, CMC Pell City, Ford Meter Box, and Andritz, across the county, increased their support substantially for the campaign.
” The generous donations we received from individuals and businesses in our community will continue to allow us to serve victims of child sexual abuse through intervention services, therapy, and school based prevention programs where children learn the importance of protecting themselves,” said Pam Kelly, Director of St. Clair Children’s Advocacy Center.
Alyson Tucker, Alabama Power Company-Pell City Business Office Manager, and Candace Lindsey, Alabama Power Company-Asheville Business Office Manager, were chair and co-chair for the St. Clair County campaign.
Cindy Goodgame, owner of Lakeside Landing Marina, opened her home for the United Way St. Clair County Leadership Reception in October. Members of that committee were Elmer Harris, Ray Miller, Bill Hereford, Dennis Brooks, Don Smith, Blair Goodgame, Alyson Tucker and Candace Lindsey.
The dollars raised were allocated to agencies across St. Clair County to advance United Way’s mission of improving lives and community conditions through more than 80 partner agencies and programs in our five county area focusing on basic needs, education, financial stability, health and access to services. Those agencies who received allocations were American Red Cross, Arc of St. Clair County, Boy Scouts – Great Council, Boys and Girls Clubs, Central Alabama Children’s Fund, Christian Love Pantry, Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama, The Literacy Council, St. Clair Children’s Advocacy Center, St. Clair County Day Program, St. Clair County Department of Human Resources, United Cerebral Palsy and YWCA.
United Way of Central Alabama serves Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, Blount and St. Clair counties by providing solutions for the most important needs in the community. Through our partner agencies and community initiatives, we improve lives and community conditions by building and mobilizing resources.