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home : opinion : opinion September 29, 2020

9/14/2020 7:57:00 AM
United Way Holds Annual Meeting

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


The United Way of Lincoln County will hold its annual meeting, electing new board members and officers, receiving reports of the officers and committees, distributing awards and recognitions, this Thursday (Sept. 17th).  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be different this time: the meeting will be conducted virtually.  

The newsletter and a link to the voting platform will be distributed on Thursday via constant contact. At that time, members of the United Way of Lincoln County (which is any individual who is a donor and contributing member to the United Way of Lincoln County) will elect the new Board of Directors by voting on the slate of officers and capable board members using the link provided in the newsletter.  

We've called 2020 "the Lost Year," and it has certainly been different. The United Way has been a major part of the effort to feed the hungry during the pandemic. Having established the Asbury Resource Center a few years ago, the United Way spearheaded another project to help those in the West Lincoln area, completing the West Lincoln Resource Center--even in the middle of an epidemic.

The United Way began as an effort to make it possible for those who would to support multiple worthy causes rather than being called upon again and again by each. The United Way of Lincoln County currently helps to support the programs of multiple agencies including:

  • A Place To Grow on North Poplar Street in Lincolnton, an inclusive center-based program for children from 1 to 5 years of age with developmental disabilities.
  • American-Red-Cross, Lincoln County Chapter. When disasters happen, the Red Cross is usually among the first on the scene, whether it's a major happening like a flood, hurricane, or massive fire or just a fire that destroys a home. Last Year, the Lincoln County Chapter served over 185 people with crisis care.
  • Communities In Schools of Lincoln County, who work to prevent dropouts and turn troubled students into achievers.
  • Kintegra Health; previously known as Gaston Family Healthcare and before that as Helping Hands Health Clinic, Kintegra operates in multiple counties serving among others those who don't qualify for Medicaid but can't afford insurance. Their income-based fee schedule helps those who otherwise couldn't afford the healthcare they need. Kintegra-Lincoln is located on Gamble Drive in Lincolnton. Kintegra is the only low-cost medical clinic in Lincoln County, and also offers a low-cost prescription program for patients in need of medications.
  • Hesed House of Hope, Lincoln County's only emergency shelter for the homeless. Hesed House provides more than shelter and a meal; they also try to help clients get back off the street, into jobs and a home.
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of Lincoln County; located at 107 North Cedar Street in Lincolnton, they provide caring end of life care, grief counseling and support. They provided 366 charity care days, served 607 Hospice patients and 243 Palliative Care patients last year.
  • Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse, the local advocate for child abuse prevention/education/advocacy.
  • Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence; they offer a safe alternative for those who are victims of domestic violence with Amy's House, a shelter, and other programs to help those who have been abused to survive and thrive.
  • Lincoln County Family YMCA, helping to promote healthy living both physically and spiritually. The Y provides services including summer day camp scholarships for children in grades 1-3 to participate in a six-week literacy program.
  • Lincoln County Senior Services, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for older adults and promote their participation in all aspects of the community.
  • Piedmont Council, Boy Scouts of America: helping to strengthen families and individuals by supporting Boy Scouts (grades 6-12) in Lincoln County and providing resources to 15 local troops.
  • Sally's YMCA, the Denver Y, whose summer day camp provides swim lessons for children.
  • Salem Industries (Division of Gaston Skills, Inc.), provider of vocational training for adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Special Olympics of Lincoln County; among whose activities is sports training for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
If you have been a regular contributor to the United Way of Lincoln County, we urge you to participate in the virtual meeting.  If you haven't been already, we urge you to contribute during this year's annual drive.  The United Way does so much good for our community, it's hard to imagine life without it.  We may have lost most of this year with cancelled activities that usually happen annually; let's not lose our desire to make things better once the pandemic is over.

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