The United Way of Southeast Arkansas received a $360,000 donation from Evergreen Packaging that will benefit Jefferson County agencies. Evergreen Packaging employees gave $225,000, Leslie Dorn, the director of the United Way of Southeast Arkansas, said. The Evergreen Packaging Corporation matches its employees’ contributions at a rate of .60 cents to the dollar, which came to an additional $135,000, Dorn said.

The United Way is looking to raise one million dollars in its fall 2017 United Way campaign.

“Evergreen gave 36 percent of our goal,” Dorn said. “They consistently do it. We could not do it without them. They give the money before Thanksgiving. Evergreen employees are great to us. They have always been great.”

Dorn added: “At the end of January 2018, we will have the results and that we have made our goal. We thank all the volunteers who are working with us. We have a great team of volunteers led by Janet Hart and Ryan Watley.”

The United Way consists of committees who review the partner agencies and decide the allocation of money. It distributes money to the following agencies: ACCESS Inc., the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, the Area Agency on Aging, the Arkansas Foodbank Network, the Boy Scouts of America, the Boys and Girls Club, CASA Inc., the Children’s Advocacy Center, Delta Network Inc., the Girl Scouts, Jefferson County 4-H, Jenkins Memorial Center, Jenkins Industries, Neighbor to Neighbor, the Salvation Army, Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare System, Southeast Arkansas RSVP, Voices for Children, Volunteers in Public Schools and YouthPartners Inc.

These organizations serve about 50,000 people per year in southeastern Arkansas.