United Way Launches 2012 Fundraising Campaign with New Partners

United Way of Central Carolinas has traditionally launched its annual fundraising campaign with a news conference to reveal the campaign goal. This year, we are doing so with a series of events across the region, involving new and returning partners, plus more active volunteerism including a major day of service in Union County, and details on a key initiative gearing up to support academic success for children.

Schedule of Events

Tues: Belk School Uniform Announcement

9:00 a.m. – Cabarrus event – Cannon Memorial YMCA – 101 YMCA Drive

11:00 a.m. – Mecklenburg event – Winterfield Elementary – 3100 Winterfield Place

After launching this initiative with United Way last year, Belk is back with a $175,000 in-kind donation of uniforms for at-risk students, increasing the number of uniforms by 65% and expanding into two new counties (Cabarrus and Union).
For more detail: http://bit.ly/BelkUniforms

Wed: Community Challenge – Announcement of a new initiative to increase academic success for children served through United Way funded agencies

10:00 a.m. – The Learning Collaborative – 3045 North Davidson Street (NoDa District)

Details TBA. Speakers include Mayor Anthony Foxx, Chamber President Bob Morgan, and Communities In Schools mentor and Governor award winner Colin Pinkney; partners include United Way Young Leaders, Whole Foods, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and UNC Charlotte Center for Adolescent Literacy, plus mascots from the Bobcats, Checkers and Panthers, and more.

Thurs: United Way Board Meeting/Goal Announcement

8:30 a.m. – United Way regional office – 301 South Brevard Street (Uptown)

Official campaign goal to be announced by board of directors, followed by brief preview of campaign materials, then details of in-kind donations by IKEA, First Books Charlotte, Target, United Way Young Leaders, and more.

Fri: United Way Impact Day (United Way staff’s day of service – employees will volunteer in targeted Boys and Girls Club sites in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg County to do literacy projects with students. Each child will receive a brand new book to take home. Activities will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. Contact information listed below if interested in covering)

Sat: Union County 20th Annual Day of Caring, Belk School Uniform Announcement

7:30 a.m. – Wingate University Belk Stadium – 660 N. Main Street, Wingate

Chaired by Michael Jordan of Carolinas Medical Center-Union, this 20th annual event will feature more than 1,000 volunteers doing 100+ service projects in a single day throughout the county. Belk will also announce the expansion of its uniform donation for at-risk students into Union County. For more detail: http://bit.ly/BelkUniforms