LA PLATA, Md. (Jan. 29, 2009)—Charles County Public Schools employees pledged more than $90,000 to United Way this year, a contribution increase of nearly $3,600 over last year.
"We are very happy this happened because with the state of the economy, we were expecting the worst. The people who gave understand that we need this more than ever this year," said Dorothy Harper, president and CEO of the United Way of Charles County.
During the past decade, the school system's United Way campaign has more than tripled from a start of about $28,000 to this year's record breaking total. Donations come from employees from all schools and centers. Harper said several schools saw dramatic increases in pledges from employees, including: Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School, which increased 190 percent; Dr. James Craik Elementary School, which increased 198 percent; and Henry E. Lackey High School, which is up 145 percent.
"School system employees have a strong history of giving back to the community where we work and live," said Superintendent James E. Richmond. "I am proud that our employees continue to support the United Way, especially in tough economic times when people and agencies need our donations the most," he added.
Permanent school system employees can opt to donate funds through payroll deduction, one-time donations or through credit card payments. CCPS has been involved in United Way of Charles County fundraising campaigns since 1995. The United Way of Charles County uses such funding to address needs and concerns of members in the community.
"We are grateful for the donations. The school folks came through. They know the problems that are out there and they understand the need to give something of themselves to help others," Harper said.
Source: Charles County public school system