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Hampden-Sydney students raise funds for United Way

A T-shirt sale at Hampden-Sydney College raised $6,000 for the United Way of Prince Edward County.

“I was so happy to hear that the students raised so much money. It was unbelievable,” Director of Student Affairs Operations and Civic Engagement and United Way board member Sandy Cooke said. “They have done something really great for our community.”

The 11-member student senate, which sold long-sleeve T-shirts as a fundraiser, was recognized during the United Way’s meeting with its partners in H-SC’s College Church fellowship hall.

The United Way has a goal of raising $45,000 to distribute to it 20 partners. In early December, the United Way had raised $33,000.

“Definitely ahead of where we were last year this time,” United Way President Rucker Snead said. “That’s huge.”

As for meeting its goal for the year, “We’re definitely on track,” he said.

The United Way is the world’s largest privately funded nonprofit, engaging people from all walks of life in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories. Among its partners are global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, civic and faith organizations, as well as educators, labor, health organizations and governments.

Locally, the community partners United Way supports serve a cross section of the community — with no regard to age, race or gender but for there being a need.

Those partners include: Prince Edward-Farmville Youth Association; Riding Star 4-H Horse and Pony Club; Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity; Piedmont Senior Resources; SCOPE/Meals on Wheels; Farmville Area Boy Scout Service Organization; Southside Pregnancy Center; Farmville Service Unit Girl Scouts; Southside SPCA; Southside Virginia Family YMCA; Jolly Glee Senior Citizens Club; Madeline’s House/Southside Center for Violence Prevention; Tri-County Life Learners; Prince Edward County 4-H Club; Heart of Virginia Free Clinic; and the VA Legal Aid Society.