United Way of Coastal Carolina is pleased to announce that three well-known community leaders have stepped up to spearhead this year’s fund-raising effort – Sabrina Bengel, Tharesa Lee, and Carol Mattocks will co-chair the 60th Annual Fund-Raising Campaign. The Campaign had its official kick-off on September 26th and will run through April, 2018.
Founded in 1957, The United Fund of New Bern held its first campaign to raise money to support the work of various agencies that included the Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, USO, Salvation Army, Florence Crittenden Home for Unwed Mothers, Louise Bell Lunchroom Fund (school lunch subsidies), National Travelers Aid, and the Children’s Home Society of NC.
Times have changed, community needs are different, the organization has grown and has a different name, but the motivating spirit of those United Fund founders remains the same – to improve the lives of the individuals and families who live in this community. Celebrating 60 years of service, the United Way of Coastal Carolina now supports the work of fourteen different agencies who provide programs that make a difference in the lives of the residents of Carteret, Craven, Jones and Pamlico Counties. In 2016, over 7500 individuals and families were provided services by United Way funded agencies.