BY LAUREN HENRY
The United Way of Greene County has raised more than one-quarter of the goal of $650,000 for the 2012 campaign.
The first report meeting held Wednesday afternoon at the pavilion at Holston United Methodist Home for Children gave division chairs the opportunity to share how close they are to fundraising goals.
Mike Hopkins, Director, Engineering and Tech Services, at Jarden Zinc Products in Greeneville, is leading United Way's Major Gifts Division.
As of Wednesday, 26 percent of the Major Gifts goal of $435,000 -- $113,332.63 -- has been reached.
Kimberly Shepard, vice president of Andrew Johnson Bank, is leading the Small Business Division.
Small business is half-way to its goal of $60,000, with Shepard reporting $29,577.05 raised to date.
Aaron and Cynthia Knop are leading the Individual Gifts Division, which has raised 26 percent of its goal of $35,000. To date the Knops reported $9,035.42 raised.
Wayland Seaton, High School Supervisor for the Greene County School System, is chairman of the Public Service Division.
He reported that 13 percent of the goal of $90,000 has so far been raised, a total of $11,183.84.
Lindy Riley is leading United Way's City Division. The $1,445 raised represents 15 percent of the goal of $10,000. Riley was not present for Wednesday's meeting.
The County Division also reported 26 percent of funds raised. The goal is $20,000. So far $5,065 has been raised.
In total, The United Way campaign has raised $169,638.94 to date.
Ron Metcalfe, vice president of operations of Radio Greeneville, is serving as the 2012 general campaign chair.
The agencies funded by United Way of Greene County are, in alphabetical order: the American Red Cross; Appalachian Council, Girl Scouts; the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County; CASA of Northeast Tennessee; CHIPS Family Violence Shelter; Child Advocacy Center; The Children's Center; CONTACT Ministries; Family Resource Center of Greene County Schools; Family Support Center of Greeneville City Schools; Foster Grandparents Program; Frontier Health-Nolachuckey Mental Health Center; Greene County Cancer Program; Greeneville-Greene County Community Ministries/Food Bank; Greeneville Emergency & Rescue Squad; Literacy Council; Mountain Region Speech & Hearing Center; Opportunity House; Personal Support Services; RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program); Sequoyah Council, Boy Scouts of America; Tennessee Poison Center; Tennessee Rehabilitation Center; and, YMCA Scholarships.
For more information, or to volunteer in the campaign, call the United Way office at 639-9361.