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UCPS employees recognized as United Way top giver

Richard Heins, (at left), United Way vice president of county operations, presents UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis a plaque honoring Union County Public Schools employees for their 2010 United Way contributions.

In spite of the tough economic times, Union County Public Schools teachers, principals, administrators and maintenance workers alike reached deep into their pockets to give back to the community through their United Way contributions.

During Wednesday's (March 30, 2011) United Way Thank You Breakfast held at Carolina Medical Center-Union, the Union County Public Schools system was recognized for being the top giver in the 2010 United Way Campaign.

UCPS employees pledged $151,385.66, an increase from the 2009 pledge of $136,698.93. This was part of the total money raised in Union County, which equaled almost $1 million.

"We know the money that was raised will go to a lot of people in need," said UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis, who served as the Union County 2010 campaign chairman. "We have 18 agencies that serve more than 40,000 people here in Union County. And all of us see that the need continues to grow."

Davis said that United Way is a powerful force in Union County, not just for the money that it raises and the people that are helped, but also for the spirit of community it engenders when people come together to help others.

"It's the spirit that makes us feel that we're all in this together," he said. "We're all working to help other people. Many reach into their pockets to help others. Others give of their time to help others. But in the end, we all do the things that assist those in need, and there just might be a time when we need that assistance. United Way is such a powerful organization -- the way it brings people together."

One event that is indicative of this giving spirit, Davis said, is the Day of Caring, held this past year on August 28, 2010. "We had about 1,100 people who served 100 work sites. That was an amazing thing to witness -- to see everyone come together, happy and smiling, ready to go out and spend the morning doing for others. That's very powerful."

The top 10 organizations recognized at the breakfast as top givers in the 2010 United Way campaign are the Union County Public Schools; ATI Allvac; Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, Plastics Division; Carolinas Medical Center-Union; Goodrich Corporation; RSC Chemical Solutions; Tyson Foods; Union County; UPS-Monroe; and IMO Pump - Colfax Corporation.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Mar 30, 2011 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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