KINGSPORT – The United Way of Greater Kingsport surpassed its fundraising goal this year by bringing in more than $3.7 million in donations and in-kind contributions, funds that will go to support the 43 programs and 31 member agencies that fall under the non-profit’s banner.
A community celebration was held last week at the V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex where guests gathered to hear keynote speaker, Dr. Marvin Cameron, and listen as honorary guest and Kingsport Centenarian, Dr. Bob Miller, helped unveil the fundraising total.
United Way officials announced the organization had raised nearly $3.53 million in cash and pledges. Keith Parker, UWGK Campaign Chair for 2018 further revealed that with the addition of in-kind contributions the overall total raised for the year $3.7 million.
The theme of the hour-long community celebration centered around generosity and expressing gratefulness to the efforts of the entire greater Kingsport community.
“People who give six hours of their time per month and donate up to 10 percent of their income to any non-profit—not just churches, report living happier and healthier lives,” Cameron said.
Miller, who turned 100 last month and additionally holds the honor of being UWGK’s longest legacy donor (having contributed annually to the campaign since 1948), entertained the crowd with a candid interview about his journey to 100 years of life.
“As people grow older they have two choices, they can elect to exist or they can elect to live. I choose to live,” Miller shared.
ABOUT THE UNITED WAY
The UWGK supports 43 programs through 31 agencies, such as the Boys Scouts of America, the Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc., Hope House, the Literacy Council and Meals on Wheels. Programs supported fall in four focus areas: helping children and youth succeed, promoting self-sufficiency, ensuring safety and stability and supporting aging with choices.
Through these agencies and initiatives, the UWGK improves the lives of more than 1,400 locals every day, by tackling early grade literacy, breaking the cycle of poverty, confronting access to effective healthcare, supporting the needs of our senior citizens, and battling the opioid addiction in our region.
Contributions can be made by mailing a check to UWGK, 301 Louis Street, Suite 201, Kingsport, TN 37660. Easy to give online options are also available at www.uwaykpt.org/give. For more information call (423) 378-3409, ext. 14.