Connestee Throws 'Stuffing Party' For United Way – Connestee Falls NC


Connestee Falls "stuffing party" participants dispatch letters and inserts for their mailing. Partiers include (l-r) Joe Narsavage, Roger Lamberton, Betty Lamberton, Sue Larson, Iris Durand, Dick Larson (standing), Fred Durand, Joyce Seelinger, Janet Grey, Karen Narsavage and Dick Grey. (Courtesy photo)

A team of Connestee Falls Community neighbors threw what they call a "stuffing party" for United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC). Tuesday, Aug. 26, they stuffed letters and UWTC pledge cards into envelopes, sealed them and sent them to others in their neighborhood.

Officially known as Connesteeans for the United Way (CFUW), the group is currently spear-headed by four individuals who divide up the tasks. Fred Durand, a CFUW founder and a long-time United Way supporter handles the letter-writing.

"We've been doing this for over 10 years now, so we have a pretty good system for getting the word out," said Durand.

Dick Larson handles logistics for the group. He makes sure that there are about 1,400 copies of letters, envelopes, rack cards and pledge cards ready when the volunteer crew shows up for the stuffing party.

Joe Narsavage is the "data man" of the group. He manages the numerous spreadsheets of mailing information, keeps up with pledge totals and prepares historical reports of the neighborhood's giving.

"We also want to make sure that our CFUW neighbors understand the positive impact their United Way gifts make on the county, so we send them information about what UWTC has accomplished in the past year," said Janet Grey, who also serves on the Board of Directors for UWTC.

During the 2013-2014 campaign, CFUW accounted for a record amount of $102,702 in pledges to United Way of Transylvania County. This year, CFUW plans to surpass that amount.

UWTC has three goals for achieving positive community outcomes: increasing residents' financial stability, raising the county's high school graduation rate, and improving health care access and healthy behaviors.

At the present time, UWTC funds programs that strengthen families by helping prevent teen pregnancy, homelessness and neglect; and by providing housing, adult day care, family counseling, after-school programs, health care access, free transportation, youth athletic programs, financial counseling and youth conflict resolution training.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send U.S. Mail to P.O. Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit


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