United Way of Chatham County surpassed its 2015-16 fundraising goal by 6 percent, raising $645,300, executive director Dina Reynolds announced at the group’s annual meeting at Governors Club.
Special recognition was given to Governors Club residents who exceeded their goal and raised, $224,000, more than one-third of United Way of Chatham County’s total.
“Governors Club’s philanthropic and caring residents are leading the way in surpassing financial goals, and Carolina Meadows is leading the way in 60 percent participation,” Reynolds said.
Fearrington Village residents and The Preserve at Jordan Lake residents also surpassed their goals, she said.
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Every dollar counts, officials said, and the United Way Campaigns conducted in 12 Chatham County residential communities were all successful. Campaigns in residential communities are critical to United Way’s success as 92 percent of Chatham County’s tax base is residential.
However, Chatham County businesses all exceeded their financial goals as well.
Jan Richard, countywide Campaign Chair, acknowledged exceptional service and presented awards to the following: Sheriff Mike Roberson accepted the award for the Chatham County Sheriff’s office for 100 percent participation, 3M received an award as they exceeded their goal by 74 percent and Chatham Concrete, Chatham County employees and schools were also recognized for their contributions.
United Way of Chatham County directs 85 percent of its total budget to member gencies’ programs and services.
Corinne Houpt has served as board chair for three years, and as chair of the annual fundraising campaign at Governors Club for seven years. During her tenure, the fundraising campaign has increased each year to record levels.
In recognition of her dedication, Houpt was recognized with the Ormsbee Robinson Award. Ormsbee Robinson was the organizer of the first United Way campaign in Fearrington, which helped to solidify United Way’s presence in Chatham County.
The increased allocations during Houpt’s tenure have helped thousands of Chatham County residents with services such as daycare, after-school activities, emergency shelter, assistance with utility bills, food, transportation, legal aid, substance abuse treatment, literacy, home repairesand senior services.
Guest speakers Kyle Touchstone, president of Chatham Economic Development Corp., and Ken Atkins, who is overseeing economic development of Chatham Park, spoke about the growth taking place in Chatham County. At this time, only 8 percent of Chatham County’s tax base is commercial/industrial, but with the projected growth this percentage will increase.
At this time, the Veranda at Briar Chapel is preparing to open and Mountaire Farms, Brookwood Farms and Alo Tech businesses have already added to Chatham County’s tax base. With the development of Chatham Park and proposed megasites: Chatham - Siler City Advanced Manufacturing Site and Moncure Industrial Site there will be an increase in the tax base for Chatham County.
The United Way of Chatham County funds Boys and Girls Club, Chatham Cares Pharmacy, Chatham County 4-H, Chatham Soccer League, Chatham Trades, Communities in Schools, CORA Food Pantry, Council on Aging, El Futuro, Family Violence & Rape Crisis, Girl Scouts, Legal Aid of NC, Literacy Council, NC MedAssist, Partnership for Children, Rebuilding Together, Salvation Army, WECAHN, West Chatham Food Pantry.
Board member Suzanne Weiss announced the goal for United Way’s 2016-17 campaign is $660,000.