The Transylvania Times -

United Way Seeking Funding Muscle - Brevard NC


Steve Pulliam, executive director of United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC), updates the agency's progress on one of three "thermometer" displays in the county. UWTC reports pledges for 40 percent of its goal for the 2014 campaign. That means they still need pledges for an additional $270,000 to reach their $450,000 goal to continue and expand program grants in Transylvania County. (Courtesy photo)

As the United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) marches toward its 2014 campaign goal of $450,000, the agency expects to increase the pace by relying on matching fund muscle. Recently, an anonymous donor created a limited-time match funding pool that effectively doubles the community impact of every new dollar donated to UWTC.

"UWTC has the challenge of raising an additional $40,000 of new money pledges to fully utilize the financial leverage position that our anonymous part-time resident created," Steve Pulliam, executive director of the United Way of Transylvania County, said.

"When we meet that goal, we will have a total of $80,000 in new funds to grant to local partner agencies serving the needs of our community in the coming year," Pulliam said. "New dollars are either gifts from new donors, or increases over last year from an existing donor."

"Of course, even with this incredible opportunity, we still have a long way to go to reach our goal. We have a huge job ahead of us as we work to measurably improve peoples' lives in Transylvania County."

According to Pulliam, the anonymous donor was especially impressed by the measurable results reported by CONNECT and TRAIN collaboratives formed with UWTC partner agencies.

CONNECT focuses on maintaining the family unit by assisting with meeting the health, educational and financial stability needs of families with children. Since August of 2012, CONNECT has assisted 87 children with avoiding the foster care system.

TRAIN focuses on facilitating access to area health and service agencies using batched electronic data transmissions and free transportation.

The newest collaborative, Families & Money, combines financial education and counseling services for children and adults.

The United Way of Transylvania County has a three-pronged approach driven by community outcome goals. Increasing residents' financial stability, raising the county's high school graduation rate, and improving health care access are goals of the United Way of Transylvania County.

At the current time, UWTC funds programs that strengthen families by: helping prevent teen pregnancy, homelessness and youth abuse and neglect; and providing housing, hot meals, 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 Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send to PO Box 53, Brevard, or visit or .


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