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8/25/2017 8:33:00 AM
"...Doing Something Good"
United Way "Day of Action" refreshes Asbury Resource Center, gets kids ready for back-to-school
CHS Volunteers at the
CHS Volunteers at the "Day of Action"
for the Asbury Resource Center.

(Photos Courtesy of the United Way of
Lincoln County and Lincoln Herald Staff)

Student Resource Fair
Student Resource Fair

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Volunteers getting ready
for the day's work.

Wayne Howard, Lincoln Herald &
Kristi Spencer, United Way

Over 200 people made their way through the Asbury Resource Center (ARC) and Asbury Academy for the 2017 United Way Day of Action on Thursday, August 24th.

More than 50 volunteers from the community gathered to do light construction, painting, organizing, sorting and staging of clothing and school supplies from 9 AM – 3 PM and served as personal shoppers with the children and their families at the Resource Fair held from 4 - 6 PM.

The Resource Fair provided 115 Lincoln County children with clothing, school supplies and food, plus access to numerous agencies and services.

“This was truly a community effort,” said Kathy Vinzant, United Way Executive Director. “Churches, businesses--from banking to manufacturing, non-profits and service agencies were all working together, because we want every student in Lincoln County to start the new school year ready to succeed.”

Children and families who attended the Student Resource Fair were able to shop for clothing and get school supplies, many of them donated at the "Stuff the Bus" event held earlier this month at Walmart. They also enjoyed a hot dog supper.

While the ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last October, the ARC has been serving students in Lincoln County for over a year.

Teachers and other school personnel come to the center and pick up clothing needed for kids in their classes.

There's also a special set of rooms called the Teen Pregnancy Center to serve teen mothers and mothers-to-be, another community need.

"Some kids get bullied because of the way they look, the clothes they wear, or the things they don't have," Vinzant said when the Resource Center opened last year. "We hope the clothes they get here will help to improve their self-esteem and take the focus off what they don't have and help them improve their learning and grades. This continues to be one of the greatest things we've done in our community."

Carolinas HealthCare System served as the primary sponsor for this year’s event and provided not only financial support, but a fleet of volunteers.

Asbury United Methodist Church provided breakfast for the group and serves year-round as the primary volunteer coordinators for the ARC.

Ingles provided lunch for the event, and Woodforest National Bank provided a hot dog dinner for all of the children, families and volunteers.

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Businesses and organizations who participated in this community-wide initiative included:

Asbury United Methodist Church
Carolina Trust Bank
Centralina Workforce Development Board
Communities in Schools
Denver United Methodist Church (SOS Group)
Double “D” Fabrication & Maintenance
Duke Energy
First Citizens Bank
First Federal Savings Bank
Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County
Helping Hands Health Clinic
The Institute for Emerging Issues
LCCACA (Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse)
Lincoln County Schools
Lincoln County Department of Social Services
Lincoln County Health Department
Lincoln Wellness Center
Lincolnton Police Department
Peoples Bank
Reid Financial
Ross Dress for Less
The Treadstone Group
Woodforest National Bank
Lincoln County Family YMCA

It was last Spring when Vinzant; Ken Spencer, pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church; and Mary Beth Avery, then principal at Asbury Academy; and other volunteers put in place a program to help the school through community involvement.

Ken, Kathy and Mary Beth decided that the building at Asbury (known as the new building before the older building was torn down and the new Asbury Academy built) could serve another useful purpose--not just for that school but for the community at large.

On August 18th, 2016, as last year's United Way Day of Action project, members of Asbury United Methodist Church and volunteers from numerous organizations, businesses and industries worked all day to turn the building into the Asbury Resource Center.

In addition to restocking the clothing at the Resource Center, a truckload of clothing items were taken to Lincoln County Christian Ministry.

"It's wonderful to see people working together doing something good," said Vinzant.


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