The United Way of Rutherford and Canon Counties announced nearly $1.6 million in allocations during a press conference at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 10.
A total of $1,579,463 was spread throughout 41 agencies, including $128,600 to the Boys & Girls Club of Rutherford County, $220,000 to Community Helpers, $100,000 to Rutherford County Adult Activity Center, $132,840 to American Red Cross-Heart of Tennessee Chapter and $95,100 to Project Help at MTSU.
“We understand the need to put the donor dollars back into the community,” President and CEO of United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, Brian Hercules, said.
Over 80 volunteers represent different agencies throughout the community and provided the United Way’s board of directors with recommendations on how the allocations should be spread
The board met at 12 p.m. Thursday, just prior to the press conference, in order to finalize their allocations.
“The volunteers were very proud of their work and what they were able to do,” Community Impact Chair, John McLaughlin, said.
Allocations are up from last year by 10.9 percent. McLaughlin explained that this was done in order to meet a need created by a lingering problem in the job market.
Even though this is a rise from last year’s allocations, $552,127 in requests went unmet.
“There is still need in this community,” Hercules said, urging partners of the United Way to continue putting effort into fund raising.
“This United Way belongs to the community,” Hercules said. “We’re just entrusted with it.”
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