NAGS HEAD, N.C.—With wind, shifting sand and flooding, the residents of the Outer Banks are watchful of the storms that blow through our community every year. But this past year brought with it a different storm, one that left our local workforce with far fewer jobs. Recognizing the challenges facing many of their neighbors, the employees of The Outer Banks Hospital dug deep into their pockets and donated $18,026 to the United Way Campaign.

The United Way is one of those organizations that steps in with emergency assistance to help individuals, families and communities get back on their feet. Last year, the United Way assisted 9,528 Dare County residents, which included assistance to the Albemarle Area Food Bank, the Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters, Wesley Hospitality House, Girl Scouts Council and The Salvation Army.

“The United Way is constantly identifying and taking care of individuals in Dare County who are in need,” said Van Smith, Jr., President of The Outer Banks Hospital. “In these times of economic hardship, I am proud of our employees for maintaining their generous and spirited commitment to our Outer Banks community,” added Smith. “Additionally, many of our employees are aware of the importance the United Way can play in the lives of those who have lost their homes or their livelihoods.”

“The Outer Banks Hospital employees are the largest United Way contributor group in Dare County, last year generating 80% of all United Way funds raised in the county,” said Susan Hoskins, Executive Director of the Albemarle Area United Way. “The Outer Banks Hospital is committed to partnering with United Way in improving the lives of Dare County residents and building a stronger and healthier community,” added Hoskins.

The United Way is a nonprofit organization supporting health and human service programs throughout the United States. Its mission is to provide resources and leadership to unite communities to help people in need. The Albemarle Area United Way invests 96 cents of every dollar back into the communities it serves making it one of the most fiscally responsible not-for-profit agencies.

Photo note: Front left to right: Van Smith, Jr., President of The Outer Banks Hospital; Louis Mavredes, Susan Hoskins, Executive Director of the Albemarle Area United Way; Belita Rock; Patricia Minnefield; Krista West; Kim Joyner; Chuck Hutchins; Sheryl Leavens; Brenda Spivey; Kathy Tate; Jalila Milne; and Dot Leckie.