WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – From feeding the hungry to helping adults learn to read and finding homes for the homeless, the United Way of the Cape Fear Area does it all.
In the Cape Fear Region, the group supports 28 local charities including the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, the Cape Fear Literacy Council and the Brigade Boys and Girls Club.
United Way President Chris Nelson said when you give a gift to the group, it stays in our community.
"It's local. It stays here. The decisions are made here not in NY or DC or anywhere else. These decisions are made here by local volunteers who love and live in their community," he said.
When asked about the United Way's biggest success story in our area, he points to the organization's role in the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in the Cape Fear Region.
"We team up chronic homeless individuals with volunteers in the community and help them adapt to a new life that is sustainable," he explained. "We help them with their bank accounts, help them go look for jobs. We have seen a reduction in chronic homelessness in our region of 70% in 5 years."
With five more years to go, Nelson believes they can make a huge impact.
He said the success stories keep the group's volunteers and donors motivated.
"I've been doing this for 39 years and the reason I do is we see the successes in the community because we cover the gamete of needs in our community, everything from health, to education, to financial stability," Nelson said.
Click here for a full list of the organizations and programs that the United Way supports: http://www.uwcfa.org/2013-14-investments
To show YOUR support for their cause and help WECT Give Back, click here http://bit.ly/1avfVZ4 and donate to the charity of your choice.
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