United Fund of Stokes County has faithfully served agencies throughout the community since it was formed in 1958 by a group of volunteers.
Over the years its assisted victims of emergency and disasters, cared for adults and children with special needs, victims of domestic violence, family support services, programs that help the homeless and hungry, health support services and the county’s most precious commodity, children and youth. But the support for the nonprofit agency is in decline.
“Over the past four years our total contributions received has dropped by about $50,000. Last year, we were able to give $132,500 to our member agencies. These agencies provide great programs and assistance to our community,” said Michele Mabe Executive Director of United Fund of Stokes County.
Mabe said the organization is committed to providing services to Stokes County residents in need and has partnered with member agencies that include: American Red Cross, Cancer Services, Hospice & Palliative Care Center, Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care, Stokes Family YMCA, Salvation Army, Stokes Advocacy Council to Seniors, Stokes County 4-H Program, Stokes County Public Libraries, Stokes County Special Olympics, Stokes Friends of Youth, Stokes SCAN, Stokes Family Violence Services, Group Homes of Forsyth, Boy Scouts and Bowman Gray Child Guidance.
There are several ways to give and every dollar counts, Mabe added.
“We live in a rural community so many people are working in Forsyth County. We hope that when they give, they’ll make sure it’s designated to Stokes. Eighty-seven percent of all money we receive goes to these agencies. Only 13 percent is used for administrative and fundraising expenses. ”
Online giving options are available at www.unitedfundofstokes.org.
“You can also ask your employer about payroll deduction. If you have questions, call the United Fund office at 336-593-8904 or send an email to [email protected],” Mabe said. “The United Fund relies completely on the generosity of people and businesses that are willing to give. People who live in Stokes County, but work in a different county, can give through the United Way, but need to remember they can designate back to the United Fund of Stokes County. The United Way recently started taking pledges using an online form. People who want to make special designations back to Stokes County need to remember to find this option on the form. If you prefer your money to not be distributed to all our member agencies, you can request a specific agency. We will honor your request.”
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.