The United Way of York County on Monday took time away from supporting agencies across the community to honor the people who make it possible at its annual Awards and Recognition Celebration.
“Through our agencies, we were able to support 44,000 individuals,” said James Jeter, development director. “Last year, we raised over $1 million.”
Donating money to the United Way is appealing to a lot of local companies because they can give to multiple agencies with one gift, he said. A panel of community members decide the funding level of each United Way agency.
Many companies have a “community impact model,” Jeter said, and donating to the United Way allows them to give back. Their support is invaluable, he said.
“It would be challenging for us to support our community partners without the funding and support of our local businesses,” Jeter said.
Many of these businesses also make sure that the United Way is not just well-funded, but also well-staffed with volunteers, whose time is often just as valuable as their dollar donations. But, Jeter said, the amount of support found in York County isn’t surprising.
“I really believe York County is a really giving place,” he said. “People understand the needs of our community and support our efforts to make this community a better place.”