United Way of Southern Chester County donates $800,000 to local non-profits

Submitted photoThe board of directors at the United Way of Southern Chester County.
Submitted photoThe board of directors at the United Way of Southern Chester County.

KENNETT SQUARE >> The United Way of Southern Chester County raised $800,000 during its 2016-17 fundraising campaign, fueled by the addition of 635 new donors.

“We had a very good campaign, said John Moriarty, incoming president. “We have a very loyal donor pool. But there are still needs out there.”

At its annual meeting Wednesday night, Carrie Freeman, CEO of United Way of Southern Chester County, said board members and volunteers helped to make the campaign a success.

Nearly half of the money raised, -- 48 percent -- will go to crisis intervention such as Family Promise of Southern Chester County and the Kennett Food Cupboard. And 29 percent will go to transitioning to independence through education, such as the Adult Literacy Program at the Kennett Library. And 22 percent will go toward sustaining stability and sustainability through programs at Tick Tock Early Learning Center and Kennett Area Senior Center.


“To every non-profit organization, each dedicated to helping our neighbors in Southern Chester County, we owe you our most sincere thanks and admiration, said Dave Salomaki, outgoing president. “You are a very big reason that this community is a great place to live.”

In the campaign, just over 500 local residents donated $328,417 to United Way of Southern Chester County. Grants were received from the Longwood Foundation ($38,000), The Welfare foundation ($37,000) and DuPont Philanthropy ($15,000).

Exelon was the top local business contributor, donating $129,376, or 33 percent more than last year. W.K. Gore donated $60,000, Oxford School District, $6,000, Giant Food Stores, $4,200, Avon Grove School District $3,800, and Kennett Consolidated School District, $3,500.

DuPont, Chemours, Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson, UPS and Nationwide pitched in to contribute more than $300,000.

Moriarty said half of donations to United Way of Southern Chester County are $1,000 or more. An anonymous donor has offered a matching grant up to $100,000 to anyone who contributes $1,000 or more.

United Way of Southern Chester County board of directors agreed to take on a new non-profit agency, Study Buddies of Kennett Square, based on Linden Street.

New officers for the 201718 year include John Moriarty, Alison Clements, Joyce DeVoe , Rick Bond, Vince Cwietniewicz, Steve Freilich, Yvonne Erickson, Jay Bass and Carrie H. Freeman

The funding allocation breakdown:

Adult Literacy Program at Kennett Library- $43,240 ; ARC of Chester County-$6,480 ; Camp Dreamcatcher-$9,580 ; Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc.-$27,540 ; Domestic Violence Center of Chester County-$40,940 ; Family Promise of Southern Chester County-$26,040 ; Family Service of Chester County-$16,940 ; Garage Community & Youth Center-$106,480 ; Joseph & Sarah Carter Community Development Corporation-$13,960 ; Kennett After School Association-$23,240 ; Kennett Area Community Service-$117,180 ; Kennett Area Senior Center-$27,240 ; La Comunidad Hispana-$112,960 ; Legal Aid of Southeastern PA-$6,160 ; Oxford Area Senior Center-$6,620 ; Oxford Neighborhood Services Center-$98,440 ; Tick Tock Early Learning Center-$87,360 ; Wings for Success-$7,000 ; YoungMoms-$22,600.

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