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Jan 15, 2021

Who Are We?

Sponsored Content provided by Tommy Taylor - CEO, United Way

United Way of the Cape Fear Area is the stop talking, start doing, band together and take on the impossible, task masters. We face challenges head on. We address the most critical problems no one wants to talk about. Not only do we address those challenges, but we also go looking for ones peaking over the horizon. We work to find every dollar to address the toughest battles facing our neighborhoods and families. No matter the obstacle. No matter the odds. We unite around our communities’ most complex problems and provide lasting solutions that help our community through all walks of life.

United Way of the Cape Fear Area serves as the agent that brings for-profit, non-profit, individuals, and communities together. We find a common cause that includes everyone, and we stand united until we achieve positive, lasting results. There is a special bond of Unity that is formed as we work collectively to see collaborative solutions implemented or improved. Throughout the 4 counties we serve, we band together for a brighter future, for all.

Across New Hanover to Pender, and Brunswick to Columbus counties, the folks in our communities are helping their neighbors – standing in solidarity with the essential workers, first responders, law enforcement, and health care professionals, to keep our communities of the Cape Fear area running.

Our partner agencies fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of our community are working endlessly to ensure needs are met. We also connect these vital services to the volunteer sector, and to the corporate sector, to reach all audiences in need. With your help, we harness your time, talent, and treasure to integrate lasting, positive change for our greater Cape Fear region.

United Way of the Cape Fear Area maps out the resources and assesses the needs. We are uniquely positioned to align solutions to problems. We find unity in times of division and hope in times of despair. We are Here for Cape Fear and have been since 1941.
 
Many things have changed since 1941, but one thing has remained the same – Who We Are. We are a collection of heroes that have stepped up for this community for 80 years. We are the collective consciousness of philanthropy in this region, and as we unite, we create the future we long to see.

We are game changers. We are navigators. We are innovators. We empower our community and ensure that we are making philanthropy work for your company, your neighborhood, your church, and your family. We will not slow down or give up until everyone in the Cape Fear area is living a healthy, safe and prosperous life. We cannot do this without you.

As we Live United, we thrive.
 

Tommy Taylor, born in Mansfield, Ohio, achieved his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Guilford College, and most recently achieved his Masters in Public Administration from UNCW in 2019. Tommy’s career started as a Crisis and College Counselor at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Virginia. After 4 years, Tommy moved to his favorite vacation spot, Wilmington, North Carolina, and started his new career as the Regional Development Manager for Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. Six years later, after tripling food distribution and doubling revenues, he accepted the Vice President of Community Impact position at the United Way of the Cape Fear Area. Now serving as the CEO, Tommy is thankful to be able to see the good side of the world that many people do not get a chance to experience and to be able to be part of the solutions to our community's deepest problems.

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