Hardee’s restaurants and the Johnson Family Foundation are helping United Way by doubling contributions made to the Polk County campaign.
The Johnson Family Foundation and the two Hardee’s in Polk County – in Copper Basin at the intersection of Highway 64 and Highway 5, and on Highway 411 in Ocoee – are providing a dollar for dollar match, up to $10,000, to donations made for the 2014 United Way campaign.
Polk County residents are able to designate their United Way contributions specifically to help within their county. This is the second consecutive year for this designation to be made available on United Way of Bradley County pledge forms.
Last year, four nonprofit organizations received funds from designations made to the Polk County campaign.
Also, those who live within Polk, but work in Bradley, are able to designate their pledges to Polk County. Last year, $10,000 was designated to help in Polk County, and if the campaign reaches that amount this year, it will mean $20,000 to be distributed in the county.
The organizations receiving funds last year were: the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton, the Benton Lions Club, the Polk County Imagination Library, and the Copper Basin Healthcare Foundation.
“We are so excited to have the folks with the Johnson family provide the dollar for dollar match from their Hardees restaurants to help people in Polk County,” said Candice Natola, director of Corporate and Workforce Development for United Way of Bradley County. “The Johnson family is so supportive of United Way, and we appreciate their commitment to help those in need in Polk County.”
Polk County native Chris Newton presented information about United Way to teachers and administrators at in-service in late July.
“As a person who grew up in Polk County, I am glad to see United Way bringing more services to that area,” Newton said. “While there has been a Polk County Emergency Aid program, we are now seeing funds from the campaign go directly to programs here in the community.”
A panel composed of Polk County residents made the decisions on funding from last year’s campaign, and that panel will make the decisions on allocations again this year.
“This is Polk County residents designating their donations to help Polk County residents,” Newton said. “It’s local people helping local people.”
If you have a company in Polk County, and would like to begin a United Way campaign, contact Natola at United Way of Bradley County at (423) 479-2020.