By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – The Corinth-Alcorn County United Way completed a successful 2010 fundraising season despite tough economic times.
The nonprofit collected 98 percent of pledges that totaled $361,960 and was able to fund 17 agencies for a total of $350,568, said United Way Board President Reece Terry.
As the group kicked off its 2011 fundraising campaign in a joint meeting of the Corinth Rotary, Corinth Kiwanis and Corinth Civitans on Thursday, Terry asked for the community’s continued generosity.
“The key to a successful campaign is you,” Terry said, emphasizing that 99 percent of the money raised by United Way stays in Alcorn County.
One agency funded by the Corinth-Alcorn United Way – the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Mississippi – was represented by the Corinth Unit in a musical tribute and slide show that demonstrate the many programs that help youths develop and achieve.
Among the agencies funded by United Way are programs that help make healthier kids and create a more literate workforce.
United Way supports agencies and volunteers who provide everything from utilities to after-school care and disaster relief: Boys amp& Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Corinth-Alcorn Literacy Council, Corinth Sportsplex Outreach, Corinth Welfare Association, 4-H Clubs, FFA, FCCLA, First Call for Help, Gardner-Simmons Home for Girls, Girl Scouts, High Tech Summer Day Camp, MRHC Hospice Volunteer Training, Our Resource Center, Project Attention, S.A.F.E. and Single Parent/Displaced Homemaker Program.