ROCKINGHAM — Vulcan Materials Company recently completed its United Way employee campaign, with workers pledging more than $12,656.
Vulcan employees increased their giving by 40 percent this year, according to Michelle Parrish, executive director of the United Way of Richmond County.
“Thank you to the Vulcan team for giving back to our community,” Parrish said.
The charity, both locally and nationwide, gets most of its donations — around 85 percent — from payroll deductions.
Last month, Parrish said the organization had raised about 71 percent of its $250,000 goal. After the Vulcan donation, the total has risen another 10 percent.
Parrish added that there are still a few campaigns out and UWRC will probably come up about $30,000 short of its fundraising goal.
Last year, the organization collected $212,000, plus a $15,000 grant from the Cole Foundation, for a total of $227,000 — short of its $300,000 goal.
The United Way of Richmond County helps provide funding for 17 agencies across the county: Back Pack Pals; Boy Scouts; Girl Scouts; Leak Street Alumni; Richmond County 4-H clubs; Richmond County Schools Exceptional Children; Sandhills Children’s Center; Richmond County Aging Services; Samaritan Colony; Habitat for Humanity of the N.C. Sandhills; Pee Dee Pregnancy Resource Center; Richmond County Literacy Council; American Red Cross; New Horizons Life and Family Services; Our Daily Bread; Richmond County Rescue Squad; and the Salvation Army.
Those interested in learning more about the United Way of Richmond County and how to conduct a workplace campaign can contact Parrish at at 910-997-2173 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a donation, send checks to P.O. Box 153, Rockingham, NC 28380 or make an online donation at http://www.unitedwayrichmondnc.net.