In lieu of its traditional two-day in-person volunteer effort in May, United Way of Henderson County is launching a virtual Days of Caring 2021 initiative to raise funds for 13 local food pantries in Henderson County.

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Now is the time to come together. Because 2020 has been a year unlike any other, and we have experienced loss and isolation from the pandemic. Because so many more people in our region are struggling now. Because we still believe in the power of community.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, our community was facing challenges. Affordable housing is in extremely short supply, and too many hardworking families cannot afford a safe, stable place to live.

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The Rob and Ginger Cranford Community Service Award, sponsored by Morrow Insurance Agency, is given each year in memory of the Cranfords who were passionate about giving back to their community. This year’s Cranford Award recipients are Donna and Sandy Hastie.

The Edward C. Brisley Jr. Award is named for a beloved former Executive Director of United Way of Henderson County, and is presented for outstanding volunteer service. This year’s Brisley Award honors Pauline Carpenter.

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 Edneyville Food Pantry volunteers 2 Wayne Meier Holli Mengel

Like many of you, I have been broken-hearted watching the news in recent weeks.

The killing of George Floyd broke open wounds across our country from years of systemic racism. The pandemic crossed a somber milestone in the United States with over 100,000 deaths.

There is so much work to be done on so many fronts, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

But, amid all the pain these past few weeks, I have also been inspired by people who continue to put good back into the world. People who are quietly stepping up to help. They are unsung heroes who are making things a little bit better.

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Grants from United Way and Community Foundation’s Henderson County COVID-19 Response Fund have been supporting essential services for economically vulnerable populations during these challenging times. A weekly drive-through of free diapers and formula pick-up, mental health services for local children and youth, rent and utility assistance and weekly food deliveries to homebound seniors are just a few of the important services being funded from the COVID-19 Response Fund. Read more here.

Additional grants were awarded on May 21, 2020. Click here to review grant recipients and allocations.