United Way funding hearings to begin Tuesday for agencies

United Way funding hearings to begin Tuesday for agencies
United Way funding hearings to begin Tuesday for agencies | United Way funding hearings to begin Tuesday for agencies

Michelle Creswell accepted a $10,000 check from Ryan Higginbotham of Little General Convenience Stores

By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
A total of 11 local agencies will present their case for United Way funding Tuesday. The agencies will be asking for some of the $60,000 the United Way has to give away this year.
The funding hearings will be held at the Obion County Public Library and each agency will be given 20 minutes to outline its community service agenda.
The local United Way chapter has been focused on fundraising activities during the past year, using a series of events combined with a payroll deduction program to come up with the money it will donate to local agencies. The amount of money to be given away by the United Way has been cut severely due to the shutdown of the local Goodyear plant, which was a major contributor to United Way through the payroll deduction program.
In addition to the payroll deduction program, the local United Way uses special events to raise funds — the Jeans Day for United Way, tennis tournaments and, most recently, a New Year’s Eve party at the Hampton Centré.
Tuesday’s funding hearings will begin at 10:40 a.m. in the library conference room. United Way executive director Michelle Creswell will be joined by United Way board members as they review the funding requests from the 11 agencies that submitted formal funding requests.
The first agency on the agenda for the day is the Obion County Ministerial Association. Other agencies that have submitted funding requests include Northwest Tennessee Disaster Services, the Obion County Adult Literacy program, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee, the Obion County Office on Aging, the Salvation Army, Obion County Crime Stoppers, Northwest Tennessee Safeline and the Obion County Rescue Squad.
The local United Way board of directors will review the funding requests from the 11 agencies and will decide on specific amounts to donate to the agencies. Checks will be formally presented to the agencies at the United Way’s annual meeting, scheduled for noon June 28 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 4.15.13

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