Most agencies with United Way of Davidson County took at least a 3.55 percent cut in allocations, and one as high as 35.7 percent.

“The United Way goal for the 2013-2014 campaign was $1,800,000,” said Lee Jessup, president.  “At this point in time, the campaign has raised approximately $1,635,000, and is hopeful that a few additional dollars will be received throughout the first quarter of 2014.”  

Thirty human service agencies received allocations. Two agencies, The Shepherd’s Inn, a homeless shelter in Thomasville, and Piedmont Mediation Center, first-time applicants and grant agencies last year, received funds again this year. The two agencies will be added to the regular list of United Way-funded agencies.

The 26 agencies which received an 3.55 percent cut in allocations all received excellent marks from panel members who studied and visited the agencies in December, Jessup added.

The agencies which took the deepest cuts were The American Red Cross, 35.7 percent less than last year; Thomasville Rescue Squad, 13.36 percent less; Old North State Boy Scout Council, 15.61 percent less; and  Path of Hope, 17.91 percent less.

In November, 80 community volunteers were divided into eight study panels to review the request.

“The eight study panels this year did a fantastic job, asking some really tough questions of all the agencies,” said United Way Panel Leader Kelly Craver, who serves as Thomasville city manager. Panels visited the agencies, heard a financial presentation and met on each one to decide how programs were going to be funded with United Way dollars.” 

Jessup says the decisions are volunteer driven.

“Nearly 80 volunteers, who are also United Way donors, decide what programs are funded and at what level,” Jessup said.  “The panel members ask questions that make sure every United Way dollar is spent on Davidson County residents specifically.”

Panel leaders for the United Way included Craver, George Miller of BB&T, Christy Grabus of Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center, Chuck Taylor of Charles W. Taylor and Associates CPA, Dale Cowan of Williams Gas Pipeline, Daniel James of Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington Medical Center, James Carmichael. former assistant superintendent of Thomasville City Schools, and Tammy Joyce, CEO of sweetFrog in Thomasville.

Darrell McNeill, president of FLS and chairman of the United Way Board, acknowledged it was a challenging year.

“We celebrate all those business partners and individuals who raised the amount of their pledge and their campaign, and we are more dedicated than ever to raising dollars that positively impact the lives of Davidson County citizens who have special needs.”

The United Way Board expressed thanks to Craver for his outstanding leadership during the campaign, and to the hundreds of volunteers and donors throughout the county who raised $1.63 million.

The United Way of Davidson County will hold its annual meeting and awards banquet at the Mary E. Rittling Conference Center at Davidson County Community College at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 25.  Donors are invited to attend the celebration. The cost is $12 per person.  Call 249-2532 to make reservations


American Red Cross  ...  $48,225

The Arc Of Davidson County ... $14,468

Carolina Cancer Services  ...  $51,119

CIS Lexington/Davidson  ... $38,580

CIS Thomasville  ...  $41,474

4-H Program  ...  $2,500   

Davidson Medical Ministries Clinic ... $100,694

Davidson County Rescue Squad  ...  $38,777

Fairgrove Family Resource Center  ...  $27,006

Family Services ...   $229,951

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont ... $12,056

Hospice of Davidson County ... $92,158

J. Smith Young YMCA  ... $56,906

Lexington Housing CDC ... $9,645

The Life Center of Davidson County ... $25,559

Meals on Wheels, Lexington ...  $22,907

Meals on Wheels, Thomasville ... $22,907

Old North State Boy Scouts ... $6,752

The Pastor's Pantry ... $57,019

Path of Hope ... $19,290

Positive Wellness Alliance ... $22,288

Salvation Army ... $99,681

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs ...  $49,765

Services for the Deaf ... $38,580

South Davidson Family Resource Center ... $10,610

Special Olympics of Davidson County... $25,711

Thomasville Rescue Squad ... $18,326

Tom A. Finch Community YMCA ...  $38,580

The Workshop of Davidson ...  $52,083

Piedmont Mediation Center ... $1,929

The Shepherd's Inn ....  $7,234

Total Allocations .... $1,280,280