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United Way of Richmond County thanks businesses for support

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Michelle Parrish, executive director of the United Way of Richmond County, thanks the companies that have provided contributions that allow her organization to help the community during a small awards ceremony at Richmond Community College on Thursday. Michelle Parrish, executive director of the United Way of Richmond County, thanks the companies that have provided contributions that allow her organization to help the community during a small awards ceremony at Richmond Community College on Thursday. William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

HAMLET — Several local companies and organizations were honored Thursday morning for their contributions to the United Way of Richmond County.


Lynn McCaskill, chairman of the UWRC board, opened the small ceremony at the Richmond Community College amphitheater, saying it was to “celebrate the things our partners are doing for the people in our county every day.”

A few other board members who were present were recognized.

Plaques were presented to those that had donated more than $5,000 and the others were given certificates.

UWRC Executive Director Michelle Parrish said the awards were for both 2020 and 2021, since COVID-related restrictions kept them from meeting last year.

“This year wouldn’t have happened without you,” Parrish told the supporters. You and your business and organizations strive to make Richmond County better.”

According to Parrish, UWRC was able to serve 17,018 individuals nearly 100,000 times in 2020; and just in the first quarter of this year, the group has served more than 4,500 individuals nearly 18,000 times.

Accepting awards were representatives from some of the county’s largest employers including Perdue Farms, Richmond County Schools, Walmart, Richmond Community College, Enviva, Pee Dee Electric, Duke Energy and FirstHealth of the Carolinas.

UWRC helps provide funding for the following partnering agencies: Backpack Pals, Boy Scouts, Leak Street Alumni, Richmond County 4-H, Sandhills Children’s Center, Richmond County Schools’ Exceptional Children department, Richmond County Aging Services, the American Red Cross, Samaritan Colony, Habitat for Humanity of the N.C. Sandhills, the Richmond County Rescue Squad, the Salvation Army, New Horizon Life and Family Services, Our Daily Bread, and the Pee Dee Pregnancy Resource Center.

“We continue to invest in our community by assisting the building blocks for a better life: helping children and youth achieve their potential; meeting basic needs and promoting financial stability; improving people’s health and wellbeing,” Parrish said. “Thank you so much for all that you do for our local United Way, agencies and the community we serve, and I look forward to working with you and your team this year.”

The 2021-22 campaign and annual Day of Caring will kick off Sept. 17.

Charity Short ,of the Pee Dee Pregnancy Resource Center, presents an award of appreciation from the United Way of Richmond County to Jean Fletcher, community coordinator for the Rockingham Walmart.