Campaign Overview

Campaign Overview

Your investment in United Way of Gaston County supports the building blocks for a good life: Education, Income and Health. Together, united, we can accomplish more than any single group can on its own.

Population in our Service Area: 208,000
Lives reached by United Way funded programs in 2016: 90,000

Donation Sources

  • Individual Employee Contributions: 72%
  • Corporate Gifts: 19%
  • Individual Gifts (not part of the employee workplace campaign): 6%
  • Special Events and Other Sources: 3%
  • Number of People Served by United Way of Gaston County Funded Programs: 90,000 annually


2017 Campaign Co-Chairs
Tom, Craig and Rob Watson, Watson Insurance

Past Campaign Leadership

2016 Campaign Chair
Larry Bumgardner, FMC Lithium

2015 Campaign Co-Chairs
Tim Efird & Lewis Efird

2014 Chairperson
Jeffrey Booker, Gaston County Schools Superintendent

2013 Campaign Co-Chairs
James Allen, American & Efird – Sheree Hall, BBSI

2012 Campaign Co-Chairs
Maribeth Jenkins, Surge Marketing – Tracy Philbeck, Treescape

2011 Campaign Co-Chairs
Judy Leahy, Gaston County Schools – Jason Shoemaker, Mullen, Holland, & Cooper P.A.

2010 Campaign Co-Chairs
Alan Cloninger, Gaston County Sheriff – Jacqueline Ammons, Gaston College

2009 Campaign Co-Chairs
Jay Smith, Edward Jones Investments – Lisa Boggs, Boggs Marketing