Ocean City Today

Worcester schools raised more than $40K for nonprofit

By Kara Hallissey | Apr 20, 2017
Photo by: Carrie Sterrs Worcester County Public Schools raised $40,987 for United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, which more than doubled contributions made in 2016.

(April 21, 2017) Hospice care, wheelchair ramps and 70-pounds of food are a few of the necessities United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore could provide to community members because of the contribution of Worcester County schools.

The school system raised $40,987 during their campaign this year, which more than doubled contributions made in 2016.

At the Worcester County Board of Education meeting Tuesday, representatives from each of the 14 schools were awarded certificates for helping the nonprofit improve the lives of people living in need.

More than 66 percent of staff and students at Pocomoke Middle School participated in the effort and Stephen Decatur High School raised the most money. The central office and board of education members contributed the most amount overall.

Donations to Meals on Wheels, memberships for Boy and Girl Scouts and access to a 24-hour crisis hotline are also being funded from school donations.

United Way is the largest nongovernmental source of funding for local nonprofit agencies and the Lower Eastern Shore Chapter provides support to 62 area programs with a focus on education, income and health in Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset and Dorchester counties.

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