The United Way of Southeast Arkansas met its annual campaign fund-raising goal of $1 million. This is the 33rd consecutive year that the organization has met its goal, according to a May 11 news release.

The goal was kicked off in September 2019 during the agency’s annual Day of Caring where dozens of Southeast Arkansas residents gathered to paint, landscape and pick up trash at the Coretta Scott King center at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Some participants also read to elementary school children, according to a previous article.

United Way Executive Director Leslie Dorn and Campaign Chair Daniel Robinson thanked the local community for helping United Way reach its $1 million goal May 11.

“Once again, our amazing community has helped to make the United Way of Southeast Arkansas’ fund-raising campaign a success,” the leaders said in the release.

“This is proof that no matter how uncertain times can be, we as a community have not abandoned what we hold dear, and that is each other. The mission is a simple one although the journey can sometimes be rough. We believe so much in the greater good that we just cannot be distracted from our focus. These good works are about making our community a better place for each man, woman, and child. It is with great honor and humility that we can say that for the 33rd year in a row, the United Way of Southeast Arkansas has been blessed to complete our annual campaign at a goal of $1 million dollars. The gratitude for our local support is beyond measure and those donations are already at work funding 21 partner agencies and their very important services and community outreach programs,” according to the release.

No matter the size of the contribution, it all added up to help United Way reach its goal. That total indicates how the community cares, the leaders said.

“We make sure services and programs are available to one and all. Together, our contributions help create lasting change and a brighter future for children, families, and individuals in our community. We all win when United Way, through local support, makes investments to help our children be successful in school and life. Our families are financially stable, and people make healthy choices,” according to the release.

“On behalf of the United Way of Southeast Arkansas, we are touched by your gifts of time and money. Thank you for doing your part to make lasting changes right here in Southeast Arkansas. Because together, living united and loving local, we are inspiring hope and creating opportunities for a better tomorrow,” according to the release.

According to its website, the United Way funds help several local agencies including Area Agency on Aging, Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County, CASA Women’s Shelter, Children’s Advocacy Center, Jefferson County 4H, Jenkins Memorial Center, Neighbor-to-Neighbor, Salvation Army and Arkansas Foodbank Network, among others. Details: