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Elizabeth Everett, Executive Director, announced that the annual meeting of the United Way of Kent County will be held on Thursday, April 6 at 8:00 am at Heron Point in Chestertown, Maryland.  At the meeting, Volunteers of the Year for each of its 25 Member Agencies will be honored.  Additionally, the agenda includes recognition of United Way’s Business Partner of the Year and elections of officers for the coming year.  The meeting is open to the public, and a breakfast buffet will be available for a price.  Please call United Way of Kent County for a reservation.




The Kent County Commissioners, at their regular meeting on September 1st, 2015, proclaimed September as United Way Month in Kent County.

Pictured (l-r)  Glenn Wilson, Bill MacIntosh, Chip Williams, Commissioner Ron Fithian, Commissioner William Pickrum, Sarah Feyerherm, Alison Libshitz, UWKC President Carol Droge, Commissioner Billy Short, Marilyn Parks, Mary Fisher, Bob Greenwald





Pictured (l-r) Back Row:  Executive Director Elizabeth Everett, Dick Barker, Sarah Feyerherm, Barbara Foster, Vice President Jay Alexander, Chip Williams, Bob Greenwald, Bill MacIntosh, Mickey Elsberg.  Front Row:  Treasurer Alison Libshitz, Katie Warrington, President Elect Glenn Wilson, President Carol Droge, Mary Fisher, Secretary Marilyn Parks.  Missing: Nicole Parr.


The 2016 Annual Meeting Breakfast was held on April 5 at the Chester River Yacht and Country Club.  Our twenty-four Member Agencies presented their Volunteers of the Year, and the United Way recognized their service with a gift.  The Volunteers were also recognized by the offices of our Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski.  Further, United Way recognized its Business Partner of the Year, WCTR Radio for it's willingness to promote the mission of United Way of Kent County and its Member Agencies with airtime for interviews and public service announcements.  New officers were elected and everyone was able to network over breakfast and coffee.  Almost ninety people from all over Kent County attended.


Why Give to United Way?

Your money supports some of the most significant agencies in the County which offer a variety of programs and services to serve those in need. Your dollars are well spent. United Way makes certain that Member Agencies are fiscally responsible and meeting genuine needs.

United Way works hard to achieve its mission while keeping its own costs to a minimum. The organization is well managed by a diverse, hard working Board of Directors. Designated contributions are sent directly to the Member Agency without United Way retaining fees.

Your money makes a difference. United Way provides the most difficult funds for an organization to raise – administrative costs, scholarships, new program costs. Just ask our Member Agencies, they will tell you that United Way dollars make a difference.

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Meet new Executive Director for United Way Beth Everett here


Meet our new Directors here


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Charity Charge Master Card to donate 1% of purchases to Local United Ways Like us!


United Way Worldwide has partnered with the Charity Charge World MasterCard, a credit card that donates 1% of every purchase to a selected nonprofit.  Donors can now support United Way of Kent County at no cost with every purchase they make.

With Charity Charge, cardholders receive cash back that is donated to the nonprofit of their choice, the same way they would earn rewards or airline points from other credit cards. Customers support any nonprofit, charity, or K-12 school of their choice. As a preferred partner, United Ways do not have to sign up in order to receive donations. Charity Charge also underwrites all cardholder donation-processing fees, ensuring that the full 1% is transferred to United Way of Kent County.


 Click here for details  Just enter Chestertown's zip code 21620, choose United Way of Kent County, and fill out the application.  There's no fee, either!


Trailer for "The Hero Effect"


"The Hero Effect" is an uplifting docu-series that brings to life the stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities.


Series Premiere, Saturday November 12, 10am | 9c Only on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)



Welcome New Directors for 2016-17


United Way of Kent County welcomes two new Directors, Patti Dowling and Lauren Gibson of Washington College.  We look forward to a long and rewarding tenure from these most capable women!


United Way of Kent County:  Inspiring Hope for a Better Tomorrow Through the Generosity of our Neighbors


September 2015 marks the start of our 59th annual campaign.  We have set an ambitious goal of $200,000, an increase of 5%, to better help our 24 Member Agencies.  This year we have added two new agencies – Big Brothers Big Sisters and Kent County Community Assistance Fund. Links to all of these agencies are on the this website, and we encourage readers to explore the valuable activities and services that each provides to our citizens.


This past May, we met with each of our current agencies and those applying for new member status.  Each agency submitted a formal application and then sat down with United Way of Kent County Board members to talk about what they have done and what they plan to do.  It is vital that we assure that all of your generous donations are spent on programs that will help Kent County residents the best way possible – programs that help when there is loss of employment or shelter, illness and death, to soften the hardships of disability, and to enable creative enrichment and supplemental education for our children.  We also verify that the agencies have policies in place that assure that all people are treated fairly and equitably.  We were so impressed with the quality of programs that we recommended increased allocations to the agencies, resulting in our new goal.


We also approved the creation of an emergency fund so we can help with unexpected crises in our community, such as floods and fires.  This will allow us to respond quickly when and where our neighbors need immediate help.


On behalf of all of us associated with United Way of Kent County, I send our heartfelt thanks to all of the donors whose interest and generosity make it possible for these member agencies to focus more of their energies and talents on their respective missions and less on fundraising.   All donations to United Way of Kent County remain in Kent County to benefit Kent County residents exclusively. 


We urge our fellow Kent County residents to donate generously when the  United Way of Kent County appeal arrives in the mail. Payroll deduction programs are available through many of our local employers and are an easy way to set up planned giving.   You may also contribute here or call us at (410)778-3195. 


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Carol Hilty Droge

President, United Way of Kent County


 WCTR 1530 AM

Please join us at 12:15 every Monday this fall on WCTR as we introduce our Agencies and Directors!


Listen to WCTR here 


Listen to previous interviews here


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