United Way’s ability to help charities depends on donations
Those on the front lines in helping the county's needy may be more limited in what they can do during the coming year.
That's because the United Way of Franklin County is in need of donations.
At the same time last year, United Way had raised $186,000. This year's total of only $152,000 is almost $35,000 less, said Nancy Bell, executive director.
"We're in critical need of funding," she said. "The agencies that rely upon United Way need funds to do important work in the community -- work that will suffer or be eliminated with the absence of funding."
While loyal donors continue to give, Bell said, funds once received from some large manufacturers in the community have discontinued, leaving a "$100,000 gap to fill."
Pre-K Fair set for Jan. 24
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Franklin County public schools (FCPS) and STEP Early Head Start are looking for children who are eligible to join their programs.
The annual Franklin County Pre-K Fair is set for Saturday, Jan. 24 in the Rocky Mount Elementary cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Children who will be 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 30 are eligible to join STEP's Head Start program, and children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 30 are eligible to join FCPS's pre-K program.
Interested parents are encouraged to attend the fair and complete an application for the 2015-2016 school year.