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History

Over 50 Years of Caring for Pitt County Communities

Nearly 65 years ago, 30 citizens united to start the Pitt County United Fund. The first campaign to raise money for community needs netted a whopping $89,958 funding 12 local agencies.

FOUNDING MEMBERS

Chairman of Organizational Committee  A. Hartwell Campbell

Ayden

Dr. Clifton Davenport 

Ross Persinger 

Bill Stroud

Belvoir

J. T. Dupree

 

 

Bethel

Leighton Blount, Jr.       

Harold Staton

 

Chicod

Mrs. William Earl Venters

 

 

Falkland

Woodrow Wooten

 

 

Farmville

Sam Bundy                     

James B. Hockaday

Ely Joyner                

 

John Lewis                     

Dr. John Mewborn

 

Fountain

J. M. Horton

 

 

Greenville

Prof. W. W. Davenport   

Mrs. Robert Forney   

J. T. Marston, Jr.  

 

Dr. John D. Messick       

E. E. Rawl – President 

J. Herbert Waldrop 

 

W. H. Watson

 

 

Grifton 

Dr. J. O. Carson               

W. W. January

 

Grimesland          

Robert Little

 

 

Pactolus

Mrs. J. Paul Davenport

 

 

Stokes

Beverly Congleton

 

 

Swift Creek

Louis Lane

 

 

Winterville

                      Paul Clark                         

Paul Hunsucker

 

 

          1969 Leaders of the United Fund

                    

UNITED WAY TODAY 

Through the years, the organization has evolved into who we are today, United Way of Pitt County. While the name may have changed, the original intent of the founding members is still at the center of all that we do; caring for our community. United Way leaders have learned to provide the right support at the right time, for the health and welfare of all, we must pivot and redirect efforts. This is especially important during times of crisis. The Corona virus pandemic of 2020 is an unparallel time in world history. United Way has stepped into the role of a community convener, problem solver, and resource gatherer because all our citizens matter. 

The United Way’s mission to mobilize resources and leadership to build strong community is what will propel us closer to reaching our vision of empowering people and improving lives. Together WE are a force for good.

Since 1958, the United Way has raised $57,578,087 for local programs here in Pitt County. In 2019, funds raised in the community provided 88,475 services to individuals and families through by United Way funded partners.