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What is the United Way of Moore County, NC?

Located in Southern Pines, North Carolina, the United Way of Moore County, NC is a private non-profit organization with a local board of directors whose mission is to make a measurable impact on the quality of life in the community by addressing our essential human service issues. Contributions to United Way stay right here in our community. We help donors help our friends and neighbors through crisis and day-to-day living.

Since 1968, it has been the pleasure of the United Way of Moore County to serve our community. We are coming up on our 50th anniversary and are proud to have raised millions of dollars for the good of those living in Moore County communities: from Robbins to Lobelia, from Eureka to Eagle Springs and every community in between. Our pledge to you is to continue to assess the needs of the community and to invest wisely every dollar donated to our local United Way.  Every year 17 or more local nonprofits receive United Way grants enabling them to bring to our residents the very best in programs for their targeted needs. We will continue to have the best interest of Moore County people whether you’re just moving here or have always lived here. We are YOUR United Way!

We thank you for your commitment to our role in the community. Thank you for your support of the young and the young at heart, the hopeless and the hopeful. We thank you for joining us in having the best interests of the whole community at the heart of what we do. Give.  Advocate. Volunteer. Live United!

Linda Pearson, Executive Director



Board of Directors 2020-2021

Chairman of the Board

Wes Cowell

Administrative Director, Pharmacy and Respiratory Care
FirstHealth
"I support the United Way of Moore County because UWMC helps local agencies improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community."

Secretary

Kit McKinley

Agency Director
First Flight Agency
"I believe in United Way of Moore County because their efforts support local programs and organizations. Funds raised in our community stay in our community to help build a better place for us all to live, work, and raise our families."

Treasurer

Robin Howard

Commercial Lending
Capital Bank - Division of First Horizon National Corp.
"United Way is a way for each of us to make a huge difference in another person’s life. Many of us are so blessed and United Way provides us an opportunity to positively impact individuals, families and our community. "

Resource Development Chair

Gerald Galloway

Retired Southern Pines Chief of Police
Community Volunteer and Philanthropist
"I am convinced that by supporting United Way of Moore County, our community is a better place for individuals and families that otherwise wouldn’t enjoy the life most of us do. United Way reaches out."

Strategic Planning Chair

Kellie Shoemake

Vice President of Student Services
Sandhills Community College
" I believe we are put on this earth to serve others. United Way of Moore County supports organizations that do their part in serving others in our community."

Board Development Chair

Eve Avery

Owner
Eve Avery Boutique
"The reason I support United way is because as a business owner this area supports me in turn I believe in supporting the area and giving back. Linda Pearson asked me to be on the board because she saw something in me and now I'm asking everyone to see something in United Way."

Review & Allocations Chair

Ryan Ciccone

Senior Vice President
First Bank
"I support United Way because I have personally witnessed the significant impact the organization has on our local community. Giving to United Way enables our partner agencies to help a broad cross-section of Moore County in the areas of education, health, and financial stability."

Liz English

Realtor, GRI, MRP
Coldwell-Banker Advantage Realtors
"I believe in giving back to the community and I cannot think of a better organization to associate with than United Way of Moore County I have served numerous years both as a board member as well as committee chair for Review and Allocations Our community is blessed to have this organization and all the lives they touch is critical. "

Ted Natt

Southern Pines Chevrolet Buick GMC

Dale Perdue

Retired Civil Trial Lawyer
Philanthropist
"I support UWMC with my time and financial assistance because I am committed giving a helping hand to those among us who require education, financial stability and good health to become contributing members of our society."

Kyle Sonnenberg

Retired City Manager
Columnist, The Pilot
"I first supported the United Way of Moore County over thirty years ago. My board service then and now has exposed me to the multiple ways our United Way makes life better for so many people throughout Moore County."

Brandon Sowell

Global Director Sales & Marketing
Eaton/Golf Pride
"Our United Way of Moore County impacts your community positively through its commitment to local Education, Health, and Financial Stability. As our county continues to grow, the focus we have ensures the needs of our area are prioritized, where it is most impactful to support our community for long term health and quality for generations to come."

Tom Velevis

Managing Principal
Dreher Financial Partners
“The United Way is important to me because it brings our community together to make certain that we are helping those in need. Together, we can accomplish more!”

Debbie Warren

Principal
Carthage Elementary School
"I want to be a part of an organization that supports those agencies in need. Makes me feel good to help others! United Way makes sure those that are less fortunate are cared for!"

David J. Zmiewsky

City Executive, Vice President
First Bank
" I have previously been the Board Chairman for the America Red Cross in Moore County and the United Way is an important supporter of the American Red Cross in Moore County. I saw how the United Way was able to make important impacts on so many amazing organizations that help the people of Moore County and I wanted to be a part of that impact."

Crystal Gabric

Retired
Finance Director, Town of Southern Pines
"I have seen the tremendous benefit of the United Way’s contributions to create better opportunities for all citizens. Together, as a community, we can make a greater impact and enhance Moore County. "

Mike Ianucilli

President
HomeChoice Network, Inc.
"I am very active in several professional and charity organizations, routinely serving on boards and in leadership positions."

Amanda Jakl

Publisher/Proprietor
Sand & Pine Magazine, Pinehurst Living Magazine, and Purple Thistle Kitchen & Co.
"I became part of the board because I believe in the United Way's mission of serving the community. Whether you want to help children and youth succeed, support the elderly, sustain individuals in crisis, or help families in need, the United Way is there. "


United Way Moore Staff

Executive Director

Linda Pearson

"I know that United Way plays a significant role in our community with a reach that spans all corners of Moore County regardless of one’s status, wealth or lack thereof. United Way supports a local nonprofit community that can touch the life of anyone. We’re there to help people through setbacks and unexpected life challenges, and to help this community thrive by supporting services the people need."

Finance

Len Barto