Special to Iredell Free News

The United Way of Iredell County Endowment for the Future contributed the remaining $5,706.49 to allow the DSS Lonely Children’s Fund to reach their goal of $25,000 raised to meet the needs of foster children across our county.

This gift was made possible by a partnership with a generous local donor who designated their gift in support of this effort.

“The Lonely Children’s Fund achieves important outcomes for youth in foster car,” DSS Director Yvette Smith said.  “These donated funds allow children in foster care to receive items that give them a sense of normalcy amongst their peers.”

These items include school photos, yearbooks, class rings and graduation announcements. Funds can also be used to pay for field trips and school uniforms as well as sports, clubs, and extracurricular activities.

“The Lonely Children’s Fund has made a significant impact on the lives of Iredell County’s foster children,” Smith added. The donations and support received continue to show the community’s commitment to all children in Iredell County. We are in awe of the overwhelming amount of support and donation from the United Way’s Endowment for the Future, as this contribution was imperative in helping reach our goal. This will allow us the opportunity to use the donation to enhance the lives for children in foster care.”

The United Way of Iredell County Endowment for the Future supports local non-profit organizations with a current priority focus on creating long-term solutions for individuals who are experiencing housing inadequacy, strengthening our education system by supporting those who teach children in childcare and in school, or improving our communities by directly teaching a life skill that will advance our neighbors’ quality of life.

“We are excited to partner with our visionary donors to make dreams come true across Iredell County,” Endowment Chair Nelson Granade explained. “Our community has a long history of support for our foster children, and continuing that legacy of love, is a wonderful step towards a thriving future community for us all.”


To learn more about the Endowment for the Future or if you want to expand your legacy of impact in Iredell County, you can schedule a listening session with Genevieve Glaser, Director of Major Giving, by calling 704-872-3000, Ext. 49, or by email at GGlaser@uwiredell.org.