United Way is an organization that seeks to help local nonprofits to bring awareness or allocations to the organizations.
Director of the Highway 55 chapter Ashley Abraham paid a visit to some Warren County nonprofits on Tuesday to learn more about the local organizations.
The Highway 55 branch focuses on Coffee, Moore and Warren counties, so Abraham is making an effort to visit those counties to encourage the local nonprofits to apply. Organizations which work with United Way can receive allocations, promotions for their events, and volunteers. United Way also acts as a resource for nonprofits.
Abraham has made a couple trips to Warren County this month because the applications for nonprofits are due May 3. Abraham said, “It takes everyone working together to better help the community.” She has been the director of the Highway 55 since March 2020 and has focused this past year on needs specific to this year.
She said this year was actually a good year to help because fundraising wasn’t easy, so financial support from United Way helped many nonprofits through the pandemic.
While Abraham is the organizer and meets with all the organizations, she doesn’t make the decisions on which organizations get what amount of funding. That’s up to the United Way board which is made of individuals that represent each county.
Highway 55 United Way board member Ashley Gillentine Wright, who is from Warren County, said, “The reason I love working with United Way is that by donating my time, talent and money to this one organization, I’m supporting 16+ organizations that run the gamut of services across Warren, Coffee, and Moore counties.”
United Way supports a lot of organizations that cover a diverse amount of needs like education, income, health and basic essentials.
During Abraham’s visit in Warren County on Tuesday, she toured Kids of the Community, the Black History Museum and Meals on Wheels where she witnessed the dedication of the volunteers and the struggle this year has put on them. Nancy Mayfield explained that this past year, Meals on Wheels had to only deliver one day a week. Now back up to delivering four days a week, they had to work to get back to that.
Mayfield said, “We never missed a meal in COVID.” Despite the hardships, they continued their service.
Abraham said, “They all have different missions, but they have the same goal, which is to help the community.”
For more information on United Way, visit highway55unitedway.org, or to apply to potentially receive funding or help, email Ashley Abraham at firstname.lastname@example.org.