These two are just the latest of many United Way sponsored projects with which you may or may not be familiar. Some of them are posted on YouTube including this one from last Winter: CLICK HERE
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
The United Way of Lincoln County isn't just another good cause asking for money. It's a way to help multiple good causes with a single gift. We've said it before, but it's worth saying again. Partner agencies who receive part of their funding from the United Way include Gaston Family Health Services-Lincolnton, the medical clinic on Gamble Drive near the Health Dept. that provides medical services without regard to a patient's ability to pay. Prescriptions are also filled for GFHS patients at much lower cost than most drug stores. For those who don't have insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, it's a way to see a doctor when they would otherwise go without treatment they need.
Hesed House of Hope in the Oaklawn community is Lincoln County's only homeless shelter. They serve individuals and families and not only provide a place to sleep but help in finding a way to get clients back into homes, jobs and a better life.
The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse helps children who have been abused--physically and/or sexually.
The Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence provides a shelter and other help including counseling, assistance in getting needed help from other agencies, etc. for those who have been victims of domestic violence.
Salem Industries offers vocational training and a social atmosphere that improves life for those with developmental disabilities.
Special Olympics of Lincoln County offers a chance to participate in sports activities for those with intellectual disabilities.
Communities in Schools' dropout prevention program has kept many who otherwise wouldn't have stayed in school from dropping out.
Other partner agencies inclued the American Red Cross, A Place To Grow (daycare program for children with developmental disabilities), Hospice & Palliative Care of Lincoln County, the Lincoln County Family YMCA and Sally's Y, Lincoln County Senior Services, and the Piedmont Council of Boy Scouts.
On Tuesday (June 11th) members of the United Way Teen Board partnered with Communities in Schools to host an event for children in the Oaklawn community. Chad Scott, owner of Downtown Dairy Treats, brought the ice cream truck and provided free treats for the kids. The children also worked on Father’s Day cards and crafts.
“It is an honor to work with the Oaklawn community, Communities in Schools and the United Way Teen Board, and a special blessing to work with the children,” said Kathy Vinzant, Executive Director of United Way of Lincoln County. “During our craft time, one young man made a Father’s Day card and explained that his dad passed away a year ago. He wanted to attach it to a balloon to let his dad know he was thinking of him. Wow, that touched my heart.”
The United Way Teen Board will continue to host monthly events for the Oaklawn community. In July, the Lincoln County Library will bring their robotics program to Oaklawn. "We are always looking for additional community partners to participate as well," Vinzant said. "Any Lincoln County teenagers interested in joining the board or helping with their projects may contact us via our website (http://unitedwayoflincolncounty.org/Contact-Us) or Facebook page (facebook.com/unitedway.lincolncounty)."
One day after the Oaklawn event, the Asbury Resource Center on Salem Church Road (another project begun with the help of the United Way) hosted a Summer shopping day for Lincoln County students (by invitation only through counselors at all Lincoln County schools). Volunteers helped the families of over 120 children shop for Summer clothes. The Asbury Resource Center was established three years ago when Vinzant; Ken Spencer, pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church; and Mary Beth Avery, then principal at Asbury Academy; 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--a place where teachers or other school personnel who saw students in need of clothing could come to the center and get what was needed for kids in their classes. The Center also provides some school supplies and there's a special room for girls who are expecting.
The Center has a Back to School Day of Shopping in the Fall and last year, decided to add a Summer Shopping Day. To be invited, families need to be suggested by teachers who are aware from their daily experience with students which ones might have difficulty affording needed clothing without the extra help.
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