At the first report meeting since kicking off the 2013 United Way Campaign, volunteers reported enough pledges to fund 25 percent of the goal to help 28,000 people in Greene County.
Campaign Chair Mike Hopkins noted the need in the community and thanked those present for their hard work on the campaign.
United Way of Greene County estimates it will take $650,000 to reach its goal.
Campaign division leaders reported excellent progress in all the divisions of the campaign.
The Major Gifts Division, chaired by Gary Funk of Landair, includes companies with more than 50 employees.
It is currently reporting $110,694 -- or 25 percent -- of its division goal.
The Small Business Division, chaired by Kenny Benson of Rodefer Moss, includes businesses with less than 50 employees.
Those small businesses have pledged $19,139, or 33 percent of the division goal.
The Individual Gifts Division, led by Drs. Aaron and Cynthia Knop, local dentists practicing as ABC Family Dentistry, reported pledges of $14,045 -- or 40 percent of the division goal -- from area professionals.
The Public Service Division, chaired by Jack Lister of Takoma Regional Hospital, has raised pledges totaling $10,250, or 11 percent of division goal.
The County Division, led by new Division Chair Roy Carmichael of The Donaldson Company, with the help of many loyal United Way volunteers, reported pledges of $4,522 from Greene County residents.
That number represents 23 percent of the division's goal.
The City Division, chaired by Lindy Riley and consisting of retired residents in the Town of Greeneville, reported $3,260 in pledges, or 27 percent of goal.
VISIT TO RESCUE SQUAD
The reports were given during a meeting at the Greeneville Emergency & Rescue Squad building.
Kevin "Bucky" Ayers gave an overview of the activities of the Rescue Squad, which receives a significant portion of its operating funds from United Way of Greene County.
Following the formal reports, Ayers and fellow Rescue Squad members Wesley Miller and Caleb Kincaid treated the United Way volunteers to a demonstration of the Rescue Squad's newly-purchased extraction equipment.
The new equipment, partially funded by United Way of Greene County, will make rescues much faster and safer for victims and rescuers, volunteers were told.
UNITED WAY AGENCIES
The agencies which receive funding from the United Way of Greene County are, in alphabetical order: the American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County, CASA of Northeast Tennessee, the Child Advocacy Center of the 3rd Judicial District, the Children's Center;
also, CHIPS Family Violence Shelter, CONTACT Ministries/211, Family Resource Center of Greene County Schools, Family Support Centers of Greeneville City Schools, Foster Grandparent Program, Frontier Health-Nolichuckey/Holston Area Mental Health Center;
also, Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, Greene County Cancer Program, Greene County YMCA, Greeneville/Greene County Community Ministries Food Bank, Greeneville Emergency & Rescue Squad;
also Literacy Council of Greene County, Mountain Region Speech & Hearing Center, Opportunity House, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Sequoyah Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Tennessee Poison Center, and Tennessee Rehabilitation Center of Greeneville.