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United Way of Cleveland County

Community Caring and Sharing

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How can I help?

Invest in the Community Impact Fund through our annual campaign!

A donation to United Way of Cleveland County will support critical programs that improve the lives and conditions of people in our community. These are our friends, neighbors and co-workers.

Your gift helps meet needs ranging from food, clothing and shelter to adult day care, abuse prevention services, elder care, youth mentoring and education, and emergency services here in Cleveland County.

In 2022 we raised $12,157.

This year, our goal is 50% participation.

Friendly Competition

United Way 2023 brings fun challenges for you, not only have our pledge forms and giving links gone digital, but there are also some other exciting changes:

  • We have divided the campus into 10 teams.  Check out our website and find your team.
    • All teams will compete for to the coveted United Way Eagle trophy to be housed in your department for the year.  Competition will be determined by the percentage of employees participating on each team. The prize goes to the team with the highest participation percentage.

You Still have time to join in the competition.  Let’s all win by giving back to our community.  Sko Dawgs!

  • CoHS – Faculty and Staff that report to Dean Nicole Waters
  • CoAS – Faculty and Staff that report to Interim Dean Dr. Robert Prickett
  • GCOB – Faculty and Staff that report to Dean Mischia Taylor
  • SOD – Faculty and Staff that report to Dean Canoy
  • CoEd – Faculty and Staff that report to Dean Bull
  • Athletics – All staff that report to Andrew Goodrich
  • Operational Staff – All staff that report to David Wacaster, Mike Whiteman, Nate Evans, or Richard McDevitt
  • Institutional Staff and Enrollment – All staff that report to President Dr. William Downs, Dr. Jeff Tubbs, or Dean Clark
  • Academic Staff – All staff that report to Provost Dr. Karen Aubrey
  • Student Life – All staff that report to Dean Lesley Villarose or Dr. Josh Parrott

What does the United Way do?

What they do can be simplified into three basic categories:

The United Way of Cleveland County raises money through their annual campaign with individuals and businesses throughout the county.  Donations come from industries, educational systems, corporate gifts, and individual philanthropy.

In 2019 the United Way of Cleveland County raised $1,142,000.

The United Way of Cleveland County utilizes a systematic evaluation and review process to assure that the money raised is making a difference in our community.  Each agency that receives funding from the United Way must meet strict financial reporting guidelines and present their outcomes annually to UW staff and volunteers.

In 2018, the United Way of Cleveland County was able to award funding to 25 local agencies, including 29 separate programs, with the donations from individuals just like you.  $0.87 of each $1.00 donated goes directly to the local health and human service agencies to support some of the most vulnerable individuals in our community.

Raised Here, Stays Here.

The funds raised through the United Way of Cleveland County are distributed to health and human service agencies which serve our community.

Each United Way agency provides a unique service to Cleveland County.

  • UW01 – Abuse Prevention Council, Inc.
  • UW03 – Alconon, Inc./ Serenity Club
  • UW05 – American Heart Association
  • UW06 – American Red Cross Disaster Relief Services
  • UW33 – Boy Scouts of America, Piedmont Council
  • UW12 – Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland County
  • UW10 – Children’s Homes of Cleveland County
  • UW45 – Cleveland Co. Community Development Corp.
  • UW21- CC Fund for Children and Adults w/ Disabilities
  • UW13 – Cleveland County Council on Aging
  • UW20 – Washington Outreach Ministry
  • UW42 – Communities in Schools of Cleveland County
  • UW51 – Community Math Academy
  • UW24 – Foster Grandparent Program
  • UW52 – Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland County
  • UW26 – VIA Health Partners Founded as Hospice Cleveland County
  • UW46 – Hearts & Hooves Therapeutic Riding
  • UW44 – Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry
  • UW28 – Life Enrichment of Cleveland County
  • UW30 – Mental Health Association of Cleveland County
  • UW38 – Southmountain Children & Family Services
  • UW02 – The Children’s Advocacy Center
  • UW36 – The Salvation Army

Sign Up and Take Action

Ways to Give

We offer a variety of options to donate to your community, find out which option is best for you.

  1. Automatic payroll deduction – To help United Way agency provide vital health and human care services in my community, I authorize Gardner-Webb to deduct my pledge from my paycheck.
  2. Non-payroll payment – I authorize Gardner-Webb to bill me for amount due.
  3. One-time credit card payment – I authorize Gardner-Webb to charge my credit card for a one time payment amount.

Note: If you would prefer to use a paper form, you can pickup one at the HR/Payroll Suite in 103 Webb Hall.

Online Donation and Designation Form

Why should I donate through a United Way Campaign?

female students graduating

The United Way supports programs that are preparing our students. Whether it be
by helping them graduate, enter the workforce or enroll in college.

helping the elderly

As the population of older adult’s increase, services for those people should as well. United Way makes sure that the needs of
all demographics of our population are being addressed.

family at home

Unstable living conditions lead to unemployable people and can continue the cycle of poverty. United Way programs are working to end that cycle.

access to healthcare

Physical and Mental Health are both key to a productive society. Our agencies are working to increase access to healthcare and to break the stigma of mental health in Cleveland County.


Local Impact

In 2019 over 40,000 Cleveland County Residents were helped through a United Way funded program.


For additional information or questions about the United Way of Cleveland County campaign, contact Robbie Gaines.

If you would like to use a paper donation form, rather than submitting it online, visit the HR Office in Webb Hall.

Employees who have previously donated through payroll deductions should refer to their pay stubs for information on the historic amount given.


People received credit counseling and foreclosure prevention services


Children participated in a Therapeutic Riding Program free of charge


shut in senior citizens were delivered a hot meal everyday