by Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley and member of the United Way of the Cape Fear Area Board of Directors
As New Hanover County Schools prepares to kick off the annual United Way campaign in the month of November, we reflect on places around the country in need. This year, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, California and other areas have been ravaged by hurricanes, fires and other natural disasters. We have witnessed some of our youngest supporters organizing donation drives to help others during their time of need. We are so proud of the kindness and leadership students demonstrated during these difficult times.
However, we need not look further than our own backyards to find children and families in need each and every day, which is why supporting the United Way of the Cape Fear area is so important to our community. The United Way works with organizations to provide educational, health and financial stability programs that make positive impacts…right here in our community. Serving on the United Way Board of Directors, I can attest that each day, students and families from our schools benefit from the resources that are provided through donations to the United Way. As educators, you may have witnessed this impact through various United Way partners such as Nourish NC, which provides food through the Backpack Buddies program to help ensure students have access to healthy food over the weekends.
NHCS is consistently one of the Top 10 campaign supporters for United Way in the Cape Fear region. The secret to our success is simple: Every Gift Makes an Impact. From “fun”-raisers to donations to monthly payroll deductions, regardless of how the money is raised, every dollar counts.
That sentiment is echoed by United Way’s #15can, which outlines how a $15 donation can help:
Feed a hungry child every weekend and during a school break.
Repair an unsafe home.
Provide therapy sessions for a child abuse victim.
Support at-risk students achieve graduation.
Provide medical and dental visits for the uninsured.
Last year, the NHCS campaign exceeded $37,000. Each school and department has a campaign coordinator. We challenge you to get creative and make it fun. Our most successful programs include raffles, casual dress days, or food sales such as chili cook-off contests. Work with your principal or director to create a fun campaign idea. Not only does it help a worthy cause, but it builds morale and encourages teamwork within our schools and departments. This year, our goal is $40,000. Let’s “Make It Happen” for this worthy cause.