BY LISA WARREN
United Way of Greene County reported Wednesday morning that it has received pledges totaling $264,608, which is 40.7 percent of its 2012 campaign goal of $650,000.
Campaign division leaders presented reports on how each individual fundraising effort was progressing:
* the Major Gifts Division, consisting of businesses with 40 or more employees, has raised $165,913, which is 38.2 percent of the division's goal;
* the Small Business Division, consisting of businesses with fewer than 40 employees, has raised $35,463, which is 59.1 percent of the division's goal;
* the Individual Gifts Division has raised $20,740, which is 59.3 percent of the division's goal;
* the Public Service Division has raised $19,679, which is 21.9 percent of the division's goal;
* the County Division has rasied $14,362, which is 71.9 percent of the division's goal, and
* the City Division has raised $8,450, which is 84.5 percent of the division's goal.
This was the second report meeting to be held since the 2012 United Way fundraising campaign was launched this fall.
"I think it is amazing to be at this point right now," said Ron Metcalfe, the 2012 general campaign chair and vice president of operations at Radio Greeneville.
The breakfast meeting of the United Way campaign organizers was held at the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County, one of the local United Way-funded agencies.
Boys & Girls Club executive director Scott Bullington extended his appreciation to the United Way for the funding that the facility receives.
He noted that the Boys & Girls Club has "come a long way" since it opened in 1999.
That first year, the club served around 100 youth, and this past year it served 2,069, Bullington said.
The club, he added, is "more than just an after-school program, it is also an educational enhancement program," which offers activities such as tutoring and other educational programs for its young members.
The agencies which receiving funding from the 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.