TO FREQUENT QUESTIONS
what does United Way do?
Way is a locally incorporated non-profit organization that is the single
largest non- government agency that funds health and human services
in our community. United Way campaign dollars support a network of
local agencies, addressing community problems 365 days a year.
kind of organizations or agencies does United Way of Alexander County
Way's focus is on human services, particularly those for children
and their families. We support 10 agencies that provide help to
those with both basic and special needs.
many people does United Way of Alexander County employ?
The United Way of Alexander County employs only one full time director.
We are a volunteer driven organization. We invite you to contact
us to share opinions, ask questions and learn about our local United
do most people give to United Way?
people give quite simply to help others. Additional reasons include
an interest in one or more agencies that United Way supports, workplace
spirit and a desire for a stronger community.
not just give directly to the agencies?
Way's community-based oversight ensures that the charities you support
through United Way adhere to sound fiscal policies, and that programs
provide needed services.
is United Way accountable?
Way's own operating budget is audited by a local accounting firm and
is carefully reviewed by the Board of Directors. Because of many volunteers
involved in raising and distributing the money, we are able to keep
our operating costs low.
are United Way agencies accountable to United Way donors?
community volunteers oversee the dollar allocations to all agencies.
They review financial reports, annual audits, agency programs, and
outcomes to assure quality programs. Allocations to agencies are available
to the community.
United Way agency meets these high standards to ensure quality and efficiency:
the agencies get government funding?
do receive governmental support. In fact, United Way funding often allow
agencies to leverage available government funds, which maximizes their
resources. However, shrinking government dollars mean privately funded
institutions like the United Way are more important than ever.
use agency services, so why should I give?
know when you, a member of your family, or a neighbor may need a United
Way service. Everyday problems know no boundaries. Your gift helps ensure
that the United Way services are available when they are needed. United
Way services have touched the lives of 1 in 3 people here in our community.
Anyone who has been involved in scouting, given blood, taken a first
course through the American Red Cross, or has been involved in the YMCA
through their camps or exercise programs has been served by a United
the United Way?
is a local, independant organization governed by a local
volunteer board of directors. Policies, activities, procedures, and
we support are determined right here at home. The community volunteers
who lead the United Way come from all walks of life and reflect the
diversity of our area. A small, but knowledgeable staff, which works
with the volunteers at all levels, handles United Way's daily operations.
to the United Way voluntary?
to the United Way is a personal choice. United Way does not support coercion.
You give because you want to give back to your community.
United Way spend my dollars on meals and advertisement?
raised from the campaign go directly to the agencies and United Way's
budget. Meals and special events are sponsored through local companies.
designate my contribution to go to another county?
you do work in Alexander County and all services from our agencies are
available to you and your family. We hope you will consider leaving your
contribution right here. Again, this is your choice.
designate my contribution to go to a particular agency?
you can only designate to the agencies that we support. The agencies
listed on the fact sheet and pledge card.