United Fund kicks off year

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 3, 2006

The Butler County United Fund kicked off its 2006-07 fundraising efforts with a lunch held Friday at Cambrian Ridge in Greenville.

President Ronnie Paulk said 25 agencies and organizations are set to benefit from the $55,000 goal the United Fund has set this year.

&#8220This is a joint effort where we work together and are effective in doing good for our local people,” said Paulk. &#8220It's really our way to help people who are not as fortunate as we are. It helps both the youth and the elderly in our county.”

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The Butler County United Fund was started after World War II by a group of civic-minded individuals who wanted to do something good for charitable organizations inside the county.

Paulk said the United Fund grows each year.

&#8220For instance, last year we were able to throw Christmas parties at the nursing homes,” he said. &#8220And we're looking forward to doing that again this year.”

Paulk said many businesses that contribute to the United Fund offer their employees the opportunity to deduct their donations - be it weekly, monthly, or annually - from their payroll checks.

&#8220We estimate that we have a total workforce of 2,500 involved with the United Fund,” said Paulk. &#8220If just 1,000 of those gave $1 per week we'd have $52,000 raised.”

Allen Stephenson, an active volunteer with the United Fund, said some companies have raffles for relatively expensive items like televisions as a way to encourage support of the United Fund.

&#8220To some, it's an incentive to help give,” said Stephenson.

Funds raised by the United Fund are allocated in a meeting during the spring, said Paulk.

The following agencies will receive financial support from the United Fund of Butler County: YMCA, Safe Harbor, South Butler Volunteer Rescue, Butler Activity and Training Center, Red Cross, Girl and Boy Scouts, Georgiana Youth Activities, McKenzie Youth Activities, 4-H Club, Underprivileged Children's Emergency Fund, Goodwill Industries, Greenville Recreation/Dunbar, Food Bank, Greenville-Butler County Public Library, Family Medical/Foster Children, Children's Music Enrichment Program, Children's Depot, Butler County Boys and Girls Club, Butler County Foster Parent Fund, Healthy Kids, Rock West Outreach Food Program, and Every Child Deserves A Chance.