Continuing an annual tradition, United Way of Central Carolinas honored its top Union County donors and volunteers with a thank you breakfast today, hosted by Carolinas HealthCare System Union.


Denise White, campaign chair, reviewed 2017 campaign results including the Day of Caring held on August 26, 2017, which brought together over 1,200 volunteers to serve at 132 project sites. Steve Poston, the 2017 United Way board chair for Union, recognized the Books and Brackets reading challenge Union County Public Schools began in February. Third and fourth graders from all over the county participated, reading for a total of over 12 million minutes in this year’s challenge.


“As we’ve learned from numerous studies, third grade reading level is a strong indicator of whether a student will be successful in their school career and graduate from high school,” said Poston. “United Way was thrilled to partner with the school system for this event because it speaks volumes to the importance of literacy.”


The event included special recognition for the employees of Union County’s top 10 contributors, which are (in order):


    • Charlotte Pipe & Foundry, Plastics Div.


    • Union County Public Schools


    • ATI Specialty Materials


    • Tyson Foods


    • Carolinas HealthCare System Union


    • Wingate University


    • Union County


    • City of Monroe


    • UPS – Monroe


  • UTC Aerospace Systems


Specific companies honored include: 

    • Top Campaign Award – Tyson Foods, for increasing their United Way campaign participant rate and their corporate gift.  Tyson Foods raised $100,669, with their employee giving up 67% over the year prior. In addition to growing their campaign, Tyson Foods has been a United Way Day of Caring sponsor for many years.


    • Largest Employee Gift  – Union County Public Schools, for raising nearly $197,000.


    • Largest Corporate Gift – ATI Specialty Materials, for a corporate gift of $25,000, in addition to an employee campaign that raised $93,456.


    • Largest Special Event – Charlotte Pipe & Foundry, Plastics Division, for raising $198,500 through its annual golf tournament. Since 2003, the golf tournament has raised a total of $1,684,250.


    • Special Awards – Carolinas HealthCare System Union was honored for sponsoring the Thank You event for 10 years and Wingate University was honored for hosting the annual Day of Caring for 10 years.


  • Outstanding Contribution Awards – BB&T, Carolinas HealthCare System Union, City of Monroe, City of Monroe Parks & Recreation Department, City of Monroe Police Department, Concrete Supply Co., Consolidated Metco Inc., First Citizens Bank, Forest Hills High School, Kensington Elementary School, Marshville Elementary School, Marvin Ridge High School, Piedmont High School, Piedmont Natural Gas, Porter Ridge High School, QuikTrip, Sun Valley Elementary School, Tyson Foods, Union County, Union County Central Administration, Union County Division of Public Health, Union County Public Works, Union County Tax Administration, UPS-Monroe, UTC Aerospace Systems, Weddington High School, Wingate Elementary School and Wingate University.


“From the results of this past year’s efforts, it is evident that the commitment of people here in Union County remains strong,” said Jack Hargett, 2018 campaign chairman. “The strength of our United Way is a direct result of the compassion, commitment and hard work of its volunteers.”