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Barber Shop Literacy Heros- Partners for Children and Families

Partners for Children and Families is constantly creating new ways to bring the magic of reading to children in Moore County. Their barber shop program provides local barbers with books to give to children while getting their hair cut. This program is making a huge impact on children’s education in our community. Please take a moment to watch the video and learn more about this incredible program. Click to watch video

SUCCEED Class of Sandhills Community College

Students from the SUCCEED Class of Sandhills Community College set a goal last month to raise funds to give back to their community. SUCCEED is a compensatory education program designed to teach developmentally challenged adults necessary academic and life skills. Many of our students receive services from local agencies supported by the United Way.

After a class visit from Marilyn Neely, Director of Sandhills Community College’s Small Business Center and United Way representative, explaining the many ways the United Way supports individuals like them in our community, students decided to find a way to support the cause. While several dollar amounts were discussed, some more realistic than others, students settled on a goal of $200 to raise in one month. And they did it! Students raised a total of $221.81 by baking their own cookies and cupcakes for a bake sale, collecting donations on campus, and holding a raffle for a $25 gas card.

In addition to teaching basic academic and life skills, one of the SUCCEED program’s objectives is to provide opportunities for campus and community outreach. Students fulfill that objective regularly by providing clerical support to various on-campus departments, volunteering at the local Food Bank, sharing their musical talents around the community, and promoting kindness during One Million Acts of Kindness Week every February. For more information about SUCCEED, contact Nicole Worley at (910) 695-3772 or

Sandy Hook School Support Fund

We continue to keep the victims, their families and the entire Newtown community in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and appreciate the support our United Way family has shown.

In response to the horrific acts of violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, United Way of Western Connecticut, in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank, has established the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Donations will be used to provide support services to the families and community affected by this tragedy.