Local brothers to lead 2015 United Way Community Campaign

Tim Efird (Left) of Standard Distributors, and Lewis Efird (Right) of United Oil of the Carolinas will lead the 2015 United Way Campaign

Tim Efird (Left) of Standard Distributors, and Lewis Efird (Right) of United Oil of the Carolinas will lead the 2015 United Way Campaign

United Way of Gaston County would like to introduce Tim and Lewis Efird as our 2015 United Way Campaign Co-Chairs.

Tim and Lewis are both Gaston County natives whose family has a long history of supporting our community by giving generously of their time and resources to make Gaston nonprofits better. Both have served and continue to serve on the board of some of Gaston’s most active nonprofits, contributing greatly to the success of some of this community’s most valuable programs.

Tim Efird is the President of Standard Distributors, a beverage distribution company in Gastonia. Lewis Efird is the President of United Oil of the Carolinas, also based in Gastonia, which specializes in wholesale petroleum distribution.

As United Way Campaign Chairs, Tim and Lewis will help tell the story of our United Way to the community and will be advocates as United Way of Gaston County strives to reach its annual fundraising goal.

With the help of Tim and Lewis, United Way will work to raise more than $2 million to support local nonprofit organizations including more than 22 local agencies representing more than 50 programs.

This year also is the first year of the United Way Car Giveaway, which will give away a new Jeep Renegade to one lucky donor as part of the campaign. The Car Giveaway is sponsored by Gastonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. The campaign will also be highlighted by United Way’s new Donor Choice program, which will give donors more options to designate their gifts than ever before.

United Way of Gaston County is thankful to both Tim and Lewis for their unwavering support as Campaign Chairs.

For more information about United Way of Gaston County, or if your company would like to participate in the 2015 campaign, you can contact Ashley Smith at asmith@unitedwaygaston.org