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The United Fund of Stokes County held its first “Call to Action” dinner meeting for local churches and ministers on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Palmyra United Methodist Church.

Austin Caviness from WXII 12 News was the keynote speaker. Caviness gave a stirring message about thankfulness, compassion for those in need and service to others. Other speakers were Tracy Collins, pastor of Francisco Presbyterian Church; Tara O’Brien, with Cancer Services, Inc.; Jeannie Easter, with Stokes Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services; and Judy Cox, with ACTS Senior Services.

The purpose of this “Call to Action” meeting was to raise awareness of the United Fund of Stokes County and its 20 member agencies and to partner with area churches to help meet the needs of more people in Stokes County.

The mission of the United Fund is “To increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another by providing health and human services to the people of Stokes County through twenty member agencies.”

Penny Bingman, executive director of the organization, stated, “The partnership with local churches will enable the United Fund to reach more people in need and multiply our benefits to our member agencies. Ninety percent of the monies raised is directed to the programs supported by the United Fund.”

Some of the agencies supported by the United Fund include: American Red Cross, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Cancer Services, Hospice and Palliative Care, Stokes Family YMCA, Stokes Advocacy Council to Seniors, Stokes County Public Library, Stokes SCAN.

Pioneer Community Hospital of Stokes is an active supporter of the United Fund and helped underwrite this event.

If you are interested in supporting the United fund or would like more information, call Penny Bingman at 336-593-8904 or email her at unitedfundstokes@gmail.com.

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