The organization set a fundraising goal for fiscal year 2014 at $110,000, $5000 more than the 2013 goal the organization successfully met.
The proceeds from fundraising go toward assisting 19 local agencies and programs, including the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Red Door Kitchen and other agencies committed to aiding the citizens of Talladega County.
“This drive represents a combined effort to consolidate funds for these 19 agencies in one drive,” president of the chapter’s board of directors Jack Clark said. “Instead of having to respond to 19 different solicitations, we’ve combined our efforts so we’re able to save effort and time while keeping people from having to respond to 19 different organizations.”
More than 80 representatives from city, county and other local agencies showed their support for the United Way by attending the event.
While the attendees enjoyed a meal, they were treated to the vocal prowess of Nadia East, a student from the Alabama School for the Blind who sang “The 50 States” and “Living in the Heart of America.”
Beth Cheeks, a city clerk and volunteer with the United Way, delivered a presentation detailing the United Way’s impact on the community. She stated of all the funds raised, 98 cents from every dollar goes toward supporting the local agencies.
“When you’re doing United Way, you’re not pigeonholing yourself into helping one organization,” Cheeks said. “You’re helping a massive amount of organizations covering many services and helping many people.”
Talladega Mayor Larry Barton commended the efforts of the United Way and those who volunteer their time to assist the organization.
“I think it’s great,” Barton said. “We have a lot of caring people who are concerned about the different agencies. I think this is one of the best ways to handle this. You have one central agency that raises money for all the various groups that way you don’t have individual fundraising going on throughout the year. The United Way is one of the greatest things we have going on in our city, and we support them 100 percent.”