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In 1965 a group of local leaders came together and started the Greater Rockingham Charities.  After a year and half of working the first campaign was ready to present to Richmond County.  A goal was set at $33,250 and $28,000 was collected with 10 partnering agencies:  Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Red Cross, Richmond County Mental Health, March of Dimes, NC Symphony, Cancer Fund, Rockingham Recreation Foundation, Richmond County Rescue Squad and Retarded Children’s Association.

Early 1970 the name was changed to Combined Charities and the name changed again the mid 1970’s to United Fund.

In the 1980’s the name was changed once again to what we know today as the United Way of Richmond County.

50 years later, the United Way of Richmond County continues to have the legacy of Caring for Generations.

As we delve through the history, it is apparent that community leaders from 1965 to today have been dedicated to the work in our community through United Way.

If you have a family connection or know history that you would like to share, please contact us at (910) 997 – 2173 or


We hope that you will help us celebrate our 50 years in a way that will impact the community for another 50 years.

Our 50th Anniversary