We try to bridge recognition between our donors and recipients so they know where the money is coming from and where its going, Porter said.
Last year, United Way of Wilson County raised $424,000, the largest amount theyve ever raised. Porter said their goal for that year was $355,000. The organization will reveal their fundraising goal for this year at the event.
Porter said most of their donations come from local businesses and companies, whose employees organize fundraising events. He said United Way has contacts at all businesses that donate and those contacts develop unique fundraisers at their business.
Former United Way board member and current Lebanon/Wilson Chamber Chairman of the Board Chris Crowell said the chamber has always been a huge supporter of United Way and pointed out many in Wilson County have supported the organization for a long time.
Theyve received a lot of support from people who have been here a long time and its refreshing to see new people and businesses donating as well, Crowell said.
Crowell and Porter recognized that a struggling economy has put a strain on the finances of businesses and local residents. However, he said the fact that last year was their best year is a sign of Wilson Countys generosity.
Porter said Wilson County is fortunate to have experienced growth in the past 10 years and still maintain the close-knit community that makes its citizens so generous. He said in the current economy, many are asked to do more with less.
In this economy, people see the need more, theyve seen other people hurting and recognize their need, Crowell said.
During the kick-off everyone is encouraged to dress Western, and Porter said they will hold a boot contest and give away door prizes.
We believe helping our community should be fun and we hope thats reflected in our kick-off event, Porter said.
For more information on the local United Way organization, visit http://unitedwayofwilson.org/.
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