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United Way tops goal, raises $90K

First Posted: 1:47 am - June 24th, 2015

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Contributed photo United Way of Chesterfield County board member Kenneth Collins, director Margaret Plettinger Mitchell and Chairman Chuck Thompson proudly display the results of the United Way’s 2015 fundraising campaign.

The United Way of Chesterfield County has exceeded its donation goal for the second consecutive year.

The organization reports exceeding its goal of $84,500 by $6,363 in its 2015 campaign, raising a total of $90,863.

“We exceeded the goal this year for the second year in a row,” said Kathrine Thompson, director of resource development with the Chesterfield County United Way.“Up until last year, the goal had never been exceeded.”

Thompson said while exceeding the goal once was a pleasant surprise, surpassing the goal twice was even more unexpected.

“When we exceeded the goal last year, we were just in celebration,” she said. “When we exceeded it again this year, we were just elated because with the economy being as bad as it is, and so many businesses not doing as well as they used to, we were just excited about that — that we were able to come together with all of this.”

Thompson said the United Way has been making a concentrated effort to update old contacts and develop new partnerships in its 2014 and 2015 fund drives.

“It has been very fruitful because we have more and more new people coming on as well,” she said.

Thompson said an instrumental part of the 2015 drive has been the agency’s partnerships with businesses including Goody’s and Stanley Tools, who not only donated, but challenged other industries and businesses in the area to increase their donations as well. Thompson said Stanley Tools also held a tool sale for its employees to help garner funds.

“All of the products that they had inside the plant, they sold to the employees,” Thompson said. “They were able to make $4,000 with that. Then they had the employee campaign and between the employee campaign and the company match — the company matched everything the employees gave 50 percent — so that brought it up even more.”

Thompson said United Way also participated in fund drives such as the Heart of Caring Campaign and the Pee Dee Big Give.

“The people of Chesterfield county have never failed to come through,” she said.

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