Corinth/Alcorn United Way begins its fall fundraising

CORINTH – The United Way of Corinth/Alcorn County initiated its fall fundraising campaign this week, asking potential donors “Can You Spare An Extra Dime?”
Adopting a theme modified from the Al Jolson song of the Great Depression, “Brother Can You Spare A Dime,” board President Mark Ivey noted that today’s tough economy is causing everyone to tighten their belts, while the needs continue to grow.
Eighteen agencies are counting on the community’s generosity to execute their programs, said United Way Executive Director Betsy Whitehurst.
“We had 19 agencies last year, but Helping Hands Free Clinic was absorbed by the hospital,” Whitehurst said. “We don’t have any new applications pending, but the number could change.”
Current United Way agencies include Alpha House, Boys and Girls Club of Corinth, 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 the Single Parent/Displaced Homemaker Program.
The poor economy and layoffs led to drastic funding cuts for agencies last year, with almost $300,000 distributed. United Way budgeted almost $40,000 less for this year.
“Pledges were about the same, but the receipts have not been quite as much,” Whitehurst said. “We reserved 20 percent and are hoping to give back the full 20 percent, but if not maybe 5, 10 or 15 percent.”

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