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OCS Kicks Off United Way Campaign
On Monday, September 30, Onslow County Schools kicked off its annual United Way campaign.
Each year, the employees of OCS come together to raise money to support United Way of Onslow County and its efforts to improve and care for the community. At the kickoff, principals and school United Way coordinators took a look at just a few of the programs United Way runs and supports that directly benefit not only the adults in our community, but the children that attend our schools each day.
Raquel Painter, president of United Way of Onslow County, shared that United Way supports the CHEW Program, which fed 600 children facing food insecurity with weekly weekend backpacks full of food last year, Sponsors for Academic Talent, which provides scholarships to students who perform community service in the county, and an annual Stuff the Bus event to collect school supplies for OCS.
In addition to providing support for our schools, United Way of Onslow County is there for the greater community in times of need. Last year alone, United Way distributed over 27,000 pounds of food to 12 local nonprofits and faith-based organizations, awarded $165,000 to community agencies, provided 106,588 volunteer hours to Onslow County, and directly supported 362 residents after the devastation of Hurricane Florence.
During last year’s campaign, OCS was able to collect $128,955.10 to help United Way in its efforts to support our community. Each year, it is always OCS’ goal to achieve 100% participation from all of our employees, and last year, fifteen of the county’s schools did just that, earning a plaque and recognition at this year’s kickoff. The schools who had 100% participation included Blue Creek Elementary, Dixon Elementary, Dixon High, Dixon Middle, Heritage Elementary, Hunters Creek Elementary, Meadowview Elementary, New Bridge Middle, Northside High, Northwoods Park Middle, Onslow County Learning Center, Onslow Early College, Southwest Middle, Swansboro Elementary, and Thompson Early Childhood Center.
Also recognized, were the elementary, middle and high schools with the highest dollar amount collected. Those schools were Heritage Elementary with $9,794, Northwoods Park Middle with $4,450.80, and Jacksonville High with $7,705.
Thank you to all who have and continue to support Onslow County through the OCS United Way campaign! This year, our goal is to raise $150,000, and with your help, we can achieve it. Please see your school or department’s United Way coordinator for more information on how to donate.