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NETC employees donate $7,065 to United Way

Northeastern Technical College employees have opened up their hearts (and wallets) this year, pledging to contribute $7,065 to the United Way of Chesterfield County. This year will mark the eleventh year of United Way giving for NETC employees, bringing the total to more than $30,000 donated over the past 11 years.

"Over the past decade, NETC has been one of our largest contributors," said United Way of Chesterfield County's Director of Resource Development, Catherine Thompson. "The staff is very 'tuned into' the needs within the community and are committed to helping where they can."

All the money raised by the United Way of Chesterfield County stays in Chesterfield County assisting organizations such as Hospice of Chesterfield County, volunteer first responders, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Mercy in Me Free Medical Clinic and many more nonprofit agencies. The United Way's mission is to enhance the economic and social well being of the community through the collection and allocation of funds and resources based on need.

"This campaign is a true testimony to how NETC supports and cares about the community, Thompson continued. "Each person who gives through the United Way is making an unbelievable difference in the lives of those in the community." I want to thank Cathy Pelfrey and Dr. Ron Bartley for their continued support and endorsement of UWCC. Each year Cathy puts more and more effort into ensuring a very successful campaign while increasing their goals and surpassing the year before. I also want to thank everyone at NETC for their contribution and commitment to Living United.

NETC joined the United Way campaign in 2005, raising $791 for the organization. Since then, the amount contributed by college employees has steadily increased each year. This year, NETC was presented the Helpers and Heroes award from United Way of Chesterfield County in recognition for the college achieving 100% participating in the UW 2016 campaign.

"We make donating to the United Way very easy," said Cathy Pelfrey, who has spearheaded the campaign for NETC. "We ask our college employees to pledge whatever they can afford to the United Way, and those dollars are deducted from employee paychecks before taxes. It is a great way to help others and give back to the community."

"Only $4 a week provides two months of hot home delivered meals for elderly Chesterfield County residents allowing them to live at home rather than in a nursing home," said UWCC Executive Director Margaret Mitchell. "A Leadership Giver ($500 per year) makes an impact on seven children living in poverty to receive hearing and speech assessments that will help them do better in school and eventually lead them out of poverty."

The United Way partners with many workplaces such as NETC to support its yearly fundraising campaign. Any business or industry that would like to support the United Way's mission through a similar partnership should call the Catherine Thompson, Director of Resource Development, in the United Way office at (843) 623-5266.

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