Employees at The Outer Banks Hospital surpassed their goal this year by raising $21,335.71 during the hospital’s fall United Way Campaign, which represents a 73% increase over 2006. “I’m proud of our employees’ generous spirit and their commitment to our Outer Banks community,” said Van Smith, hospital president. “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. Brenda Spivey, Administrative Assistant at the hospital and United Way 2007 Co-Chair said, “It is an honor and a pleasure to assist in the planning and implementation of the campaign. Through the United Way, we’re able to make an investment in a stronger, healthier community by supporting agencies and program that might otherwise not be available.”

According to information supplied by the United Way, the agency served 8,232 Dare County residents last year for a total cost of $69,201, which included assistance to the Albemarle Area Food Bank, the Red Cross, the Boy Scouts #596 Council, Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters, Girl Scouts Council, and The Salvation Army. “Clearly, the United Way is identifying people in need in Dare County and taking care of them,” said Smith.

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.