The office of Yadkin County United Fund was destroyed in a fire recently, but Executive Director Dottie Jackson said the group is already back up and running and looking on the positive side of the tragedy.
A fire began in the early morning hours of March 7 at a building located on West Main Street in Yadkinville. In addition to the United Fund office, the building housed a restaurant, hair salon and several other businesses. Despite the best efforts of local firefighters, nothing survived the blaze.
The United Fund lost all of its office equipment, files and databases as well as furniture. Jackson said she had learned a great many lessons following the crisis. Most of all though, she wanted to assure donors and supporters of the organization that there was no loss of donations.
“The United Fund did not lose any money,” she said. “We do not keep cash and checks at the office. A deposit had been made the previous Friday. We do our very best to be good stewards of public money. We know how hard our donors work for it. We would never want to put their donations in jeopardy. We are very pleased that we have this policy in place. I also keep a back-up of Quickbooks with me at all times. Our board secretary has a copy of all of last year’s board meeting minutes and agendas.”
With assistance from other United Way offices, the group already is back on its feet and installed at its new office location in the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce Building at 205 S. Jackson St. in Yadkinville.
“The staff of the United Way of NC has been instrumental in getting us back up and going. They also requested new copies of our solicitation license and our most recent 990,” Jackson said. “We really didn’t miss a beat. The State United Way Office also provided us a ‘new to us’ computer through their partnership with Teaming 4 Technologies and United Way of the Greater Triangle. Forsyth County United Way not only provided us a desk, but also had it delivered to our new office. We’ve received gift cards from United Way of Rockingham County and United Way of NC to replace supplies and even got a supply package in the mail with an additional gift card from the United Way of the Tar River Region.”
Jackson said she got a call early the morning of the fire from the building owner letting her know of the situation. She spent all day on the scene and watched as firefighters worked to douse the blaze. She said though it wasn’t her personal home, it was an emotional experience to watch her office go up in flames. It reminded her, though, of how tragedy can strike at any time and how the United Fund’s overall mission is to support those in crisis.
“Last year’s campaign video focused on ‘Because it can happen to you,’” she said. “Well, two weeks ago, it happened to us.”
Despite her work to write the story line and theme for that video, Jackson said she really never thought about the fact that it could, in fact, happen to her and the Yadkin County United Fund. She said she is keeping a positive attitude through it all though and is more eager than ever to share the mission of the United Fund with the community.
The Yadkin County United Fund works to support various community organizations through grants including the Boy Scouts, the county senior centers, Mountain Valley Hospice, Meals on Wheels, the Yadkin County Rescue Squad and more.
“We’re gonna be alright but not everyone could come back from such a devastating loss,” Jackson said. “Please help us be ready when life happens again. Next time, it might be you. Your donations can put roofs over peoples’ heads and food in their bellies. It can save their life. What would you do if it happened to you? Who would be there to help you? We will. Yadkin County United Fund, and our 26 partner agencies, are always here to help you.”
For more information on the Yadkin County United Fund, call 336-679-4462 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.