Weeks of planning and pledges paid off Tuesday, October 11 as Iredell Health
System (IHS) presented a major donation to the United Way of Iredell County.
Although IHS has been a leading donor to the United Way for many years,
the result of this year’s fundraising campaign was better than anyone
In about a month’s time, employees racked up pledges of more than
$107,000, a 40% increase over the level of last year’s giving. It’s
the largest employee-based donation from any group to the United Way of
Iredell County since 2008. More than half of the 1,570 IHS employees made
“This year’s United Way campaign exceeded anyone’s expectations,”
said Tom Sherrod, Director of Pastoral Care at Iredell Health System.
“We are grateful for the overwhelming generosity of our employees.”
As the IHS United Way campaign chairperson, Sherrod looked for ways to
motivate employees to give. There were incentives like tumblers, free
meals in the cafeteria and a chance to win Panthers tickets. The most
powerful motivation, however, came from awareness of the United Way’s
mission in the community. Business Office Director Keith Williams said
he knew that knowledge would inspire his staff.
“They’re the kind of people, if they know what they are doing
is going to benefit someone else, they are more likely to get involved,”
Williams invited the executive director of community outreach organization
I-Care to speak to business office employees. In the presentation, the
office staff listened to some of I-Care’s success stories, like
that of a homeless man who was able to find a job and housing with their
help. I-Care receives funding from the United Way.
“We passed out pledge forms not too long after that,” said
Williams. “When employees started sending them back in, many who
never gave before signed up to give for the first time.”
The donations will help 21 United Way partner agencies provide services
related to education, health and income-based needs. United Way of Iredell
County Executive Director Brett Eckerman said the number on the check
represents more than just a dollar amount.
"The most exciting thing about this check is the tens of thousands
of individuals who those dollars represent in services," said Eckerman.
"Whether it's Meals on Wheels or afterschool care, those kinds
of services are made possible because of support like this, and this donation
is going to go a long way toward improving the lives of so many people."
Leaders at Iredell Health System are now looking forward to building on
this year’s success with next year’s campaign.
“Our employees are not just patient-focused, but are also community-minded,”
said John Green, Vice President of Professional Services and Facilities
Planning for IHS. “It makes us so proud.”