United Way of Bedford County
Everywhere we turn we see people in need. We want to help, but the question is often how do we make a difference?
United Way of Bedford County is the answer. Through employee campaigns in local businesses and industries, fundraisers such as the annual Crawfish Boil and our newest event, “Ducks on the Duck” Bedford County’s United Way is able to provide funding for a variety of local non-profits.
Every dollar matters. And you don’t need to make a major financial sacrifice to make a difference. Through annual campaigns each fall you will be able to set aside a portion of your salary in each pay period. Combined with the contributions from your fellow employees you will be amazed what can be accomplished.
Our Crawfish Boil and “Ducks on the Duck” provide opportunities for fun with a purpose through the purchase of tickets and generous bids on silent auction items.
With the development of our new website donations can be made with a click.
You might ask, “where does my money go?” Through an extensive vetting process by United Way of Bedford County’s allocation committee funds are allocated to more than 15 non-profits benefitting all age groups in our county.
That is the key to United Way of Bedford County. The funds raised in the county stay in the county.
But it doesn’t stop there. Funds are also used for several special events.
Our annual “Water Safety Day”, which has been held for the past 10 years, provides a free day of water safety tips, prizes and swimming in conjunction with the Shelbyville Department of Parks and Recreation.
Prior to the start of school United Way of Bedford County holds its annual “Stuff the Bus” drive for school supplies for children in need of basic classroom tools. Several local businesses, industries and individuals give generously to this program.
Once school is in session the “Backpack” program provides food for students who might go hungry without this assistance.
As part of the start of the fall campaign season the “Day of Caring” connects volunteers with non-profits in need of physical assistance in a variety of ways. It also serves as the official kick-off for our fall campaign.
Look around and realize what a difference you can make through your support of United Way of Bedford County.
You might be surprised at the ways United Way of Bedford County makes a difference. And remember we need your help to make it all happen. We thank you for being willing to help.
United Way of Bedford County takes our role as steward of donor money very seriously. We engage community volunteers to oversee every aspect of our management and financial systems to ensure that we are operating at the highest levels of professionalism and excellence. We also submit to an annual independent audit to ensure continued financial responsibility and accountability to inspire trust and confidence in all our stakeholders.
United Way Worldwide Standards of Excellence
All United Ways are separate, nonprofit corporations who raise funds for their local communities and are governed by local volunteers. To operate under the umbrella of United Way, members must adhere to very strict membership requirements, including United Way Worldwide’s Standards of Excellence. These standards require participating United Ways to submit a detailed self-assessment biannually and detailed revenue and expense information yearly, plus an annual certification to very strict legal, governance, trademark, ethics, reporting, designation fee, and audit requirements.