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United Way distributes $69,000 to local agencies

United Way distributes $69,000 to local agencies
United Way distributes $69,000 to local agencies | United Way distributes $69,000 to local agencies

Local United Way executive director Michelle Creswell (right) handed over an envelope containing a check for $5,000 to Tracy Boucher with the Northwest Tennessee Boys Club/Girls Club.
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Friday afternoon, the local United Way agency handed out checks amounting to $69,000 to 11 local organizations.
Despite the deflated local economy, United Way was able to exceed its fund-raising goal of $70,000 this year.
Most of the money raised was made available to local non-profit organizations focused on helping the community.
Hearings were held in the spring at the Obion County Public Library and the United Way board of directors divided $69,000 of the $70,000 among the 11 agencies submitting funding applications.
The remaining $1,000 not given away Friday will be allocated in $100 checks to other local agencies later this summer, according to United Way executive director Michelle Creswell.
She played the role of check presenter at a luncheon held Friday afternoon at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City.
“Today is a day, for us as the United Way, to give back to the community,” United Way chairman Jeff Bennett said at the luncheon.
He talked about the “challenges” that have been faced by the United Way agency this past year, referring to the local economy.
“We’ve been very fortunate and very blessed … and we’re very thankful for that,” Bennett said.
Those agencies receiving funding Friday included:
• Obion County Red Cross — $8,000.
• Salvation Army — $3,000.
• CrimeStoppers ‚ $3,000.
• Obion County Rescue Squad — $27,000.
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee  — $5,000.
• Obion County Ministerial Association — $4,000.
• Adult Literacy Program — $3,500.
• Northwest Tennessee Disaster Services — $3,000.
• University of Tennessee at Martin Infant Stimulation Program — $2,000.
• Obion County Office on Aging — $3,000.
• Northwest Tennessee Safeline — $7,500.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 7.2.12

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