United Way announces 2012 goal

Published 4:20 pm Thursday, September 6, 2012

The 2012-2013 Chilton County United Way board members are (front row) Lee Jones, JoAnn Black, Peggy Marcus, Gay West; and (back row) campaign coordinator Gwyn Loyd, Bettye Kendrick, Ann Glasscock, Tyson Elrod, Britt Culpepper and board chairman Curtis Smith.

The Chilton County United Way held a kickoff luncheon Thursday to mark the beginning of its 2012-3013 fundraising campaign.

Board chairman Curtis Smith said the organization’s current goal is $200,000, the same goal from 2011 and 2010.

United Way has collected $22,000 for this year’s campaign.

Any donations made by Dec. 31 will count toward the 2012 goal.

“We do this each year to get us started, and hopefully in a good way,” Smith said. “This is one of the best programs that I’ve ever been involved with because it helps so many people.”

Representatives from local agencies and businesses were present at the luncheon to share their information with guests.

Once again, a group of Chilton County High students performed a collection of songs and dances from their program called “Blast from the Past.”

On behalf of United Way, Smith also presented a check to Marilyn Colson of the Chilton County Department of Human Resources for the foster children’s fund to purchase school supplies.

Contributors to the kickoff luncheon were Alabama Power Company, Boomerang’s, Chilton County Chamber of Commerce, Dari Delight, Peach Park, Pinedale Gardens & Florist, Piggly Wiggly, Shoney’s, Wal-Mart and Winn-Dixie Grocers.

The Chilton County United Way supports the following 25 agencies: Arthritis Foundation, American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Care Net, Child Protect, Chilton County Board of Education, Chilton County Emergency Assistance Center, Chilton-Shelby Mental Health, Chilton County YMCA, Chilton Rescue, Civil Air Patrol, Department of Human Resources, Family Sunshine Center, 4-H Program (Alabama Cooperative Extension), Freedom Forum, Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama, Habitat for Humanity Autauga and Chilton counties, Humane Society of Chilton County, Operation Santa Claus – Chilton County Sheriff’s Office, Pediatric Rehab, PEECH (Chilton Education Foundation), Raleigh’s Place, SPAN of Chilton County, Toys for Kids Maplesville and West Central Ala. Rehab.

“We depend on our businesses, our industries and others who do individual gifts,” Smith said. “It is so important now that we provide for those that need it.”