The United Way of Gaston County (UWGC) has served as the Gaston County administrator for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) for 15 years. UWGC currently has nearly 800 Gaston County children enrolled in the program. DPIL is an early literacy program that provides books to children from birth until their 5th birthday. Children enrolled in the program receive an age appropriate book in the mail each month, starting with The Little Engine That Could and ending with Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come! That is a total of 60 books in the home before the child enters Kindergarten. Multiple studies have shown that just having aged appropriate books in the home makes a significant impact on a child’s school preparedness, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Studies also show that having books in the home encourages families to spend time reading together.
UWGC celebrated this wonderful milestone in our community with a drop in event at the Gaston County Library on July 18, 2019. All of the children enrolled in the UWGC program were invited to come, bring their parents and siblings and celebrate with activities and snacks. Thurman, the penguin from GSM Services, even made an appearance at the celebration.
UWGC is looking forward to more children being impacted with this early literacy program. Last year, the Partnership for Children of Lincoln and Gaston Counties (PFC) became a partner in the program through funding received from the North Carolina Legislature. This funding allows the Partnership to also enroll children in select zip codes in our community and together, PFC and UWGC have more than 3000 Gaston County children receiving books each month!
United Way Worldwide has a strict set of standards local organizations must adhere to for membership. We’re excited and proud to receive our 2019 “Thumbs Up” verifying we’re members in good standing! Your United Way team works hard everyday to be the best we can be!
Thanks to the supporters of our 100×100 campaign we are making an impact in our community. There is still time to join the campaign! Don’t wait…email email@example.com today!
The United Way of Gaston County has invested more than one million dollars in funding to organizations across the community that make an impact in Education, Financial Stability and Health. The investment, made possible by generous donors and businesses across Gaston County, will ensure more than 24 programs are available to help those in need. “We are appreciative to our partners and donors for the continued support,” said UWGC President Linda Slade, “because of their generosity we are able to create lasting impact here in Gaston County.”
The 2019 allocations team allocated more than $1,015,629 to impact Gaston County citizens through programs and initiatives in Education, Financial Stability and Health. The investment included $488,330 for Education, $326,806 for Financial Stability and $200,493 for Health.
Joel and Steven Long of GSM Services, a third-generation company that has been in business since 1927, have committeed to serving as the 2019-2020 United Way of Gaston County Co-Chairs.
NC State graduates Steven and Joel Long are brothers and co-owners of GSM Services, which is located in Gaston County and serves both North Carolina and South Carolina. They learned the business working with their father and are the third generation in their family to lead the company.
Joel is President of the Commercial Division, which includes Commercial HVAC and Roofing. Steven is President of the Residential Division, which includes Residential HVAC and Dr. Energy Saver.
In addition to a strong work ethic, both Steven and Joel are involved in community organizations that include the Rotary Club, the Community Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club, Cancer Services, and the Gaston Chamber. They share one vision: to develop lifetime customers by providing quality work and the ultimate service experience in everything they do.
The United Way of Gaston County is excited to have the Longs on board to lead a successful campaign to raise funds for investment in programs that impact our community in Education, Financial Stability and Health.