The United Way of Central Arkansas delivered good news to its supporters gathered at the agency’s annual meeting Monday at Centennial Event Center.
Thirteen of the 18 agencies were fully funded in 2010, with $475,000 given, said Ben Tiner, treasurer in 2010.
In addition, about $60,000 was given to the agencies in December in a mid-year allocation for a total of $534,950 given for work in the community for education, health and poverty issues.
According to Candace Meeks, chair of the resource development committee, there were 101 employee campaigns, an addition of six over 2010 with pledges totaling $605,000. There were 35 corporate gifts with new and loyal contributors adding to the increase.
Brad Youngblood, board chair, said donations have been declining due to the economy and administrative problems in the past, but the agency is receiving more attention for its good works.
For instance, he said a Day of Action became a Week of Action with 375 volunteers working 1,100 hours on 35 projects needing attention in the community.
In addition, Youngblood said, "We are moving from being landlords to being renters."
The United Services Building on Museum Road will be sold on a lease-to-own basis to the Conway Interfaith Clinic, but United Way will still maintain an office in the center that houses four non-profit organizations.
"This change will reduce overhead, free up staff time and eliminate costly building repair," Youngblood said.
In his year-end wrap-up, Youngblood said, "Thousands of lives were positively impacted in 2010 and it couldn’t have happened without the support of our donors, volunteers, participating companies, and partner agencies.
"We appreciate your continued support and faith in our organization."
Making reports on the activities of their agencies were Judi Lively from Bethlehem House, Melody Myers from Big Brothers Big Sisters and Kittie Aaron from Conway Interfaith Clinic.
Several UWbies were awarded to volunteers and agencies who have given service to United Way in the last year.
The Boys and Girls Club was named agency of the year and Gale Hester, volunteer coordinator at Bethlehem House, was named volunteer of the year.
Other awards were to:
• Linn’s Auto and Equipment Sales, for 100 percent employee participation.
• Steve Fulmer, Wayne Howser, Bob Fason, Pat Tapley, Chris Rimmer, Kandace Hebert, Outstanding Campaign Coordinator.
• Angela Conrad, Inc., City of Home Outreach, Hewlett Packard, Kimberly Clark Conway Mills, Nabholz Construction and ThatChurch, leaders in Living United.
• Belk, Inc. received the award for best new campaign.
(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at 505-1234 or firstname.lastname@example.org)