United Way Donations Down: Member Agencies Serve Those Who Need It The Most

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Donations to Davie County United Way (DCUW) aren’t keeping up with projections, and that could affect the agencies supported by those funds.
“The most powerful way to help your neighbor is through the United Way,” said Melinda Beauchamp, executive director of DCUW. “When you give to the Davie County United Way, you have the power to change lives and give hope and help to those who need it most. Your gift enables our local programs to continue serving our neighbors in need.”
New members have been elected to the DCUW Board of Directors.
“United Way has come a long way from where it was when I first joined the board,” stated president, Neal Smith. “We have a very bright future with even more events and impact work ahead. We have been fortunate to recruit people with the right talents to get the job done.”
New board members include:
Mike Ernst is president of the Direct to Consumer business for Hanesbrands, where he has worked for 28 years. Ernst and wife Linda have lived in Bermuda Run for more than 20 years and he appreciates the opportunity to serve Davie County through United Way.  
Ernst has been active in the Triad and has served on numerous boards and campaign cabinets including the Winston-Salem Forsyth County United Way 2011 Campaign Cabinet, division chair on two previous United Way campaigns, co-chair 2010 Winston-Salem Arts Council Campaign, Board of Governors Bermuda Run Country Club, Hanesbrands United Way Campaign Chair 2004, Old Salem Capital Campaign Cabinet and more.
Jeff Fleming and his wife, Brigette, live in Lewisville. Fleming  has  worked at many jobs; farming, police department, construction, convenience store, truck driving, horse farming, building maintenance, security services, electrical, and is  assistant store manager with Wal-Mart in Mocksville.
In 2010 and 2011, he   served as a chair for the United Way Day of Caring. “His involvement initiated positive and successful changes in the Day of Caring event,” Beauchamp said.
Don Lamonds is retired from Reynolds American/ R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. His career at RJR included more than 30 years of operational, engineering, and information technology leadership positions. He was vice president of engineering and retired as EVP and chief information officer. Don and his wife, Donna, raised their family in Davie County, living here for 31 years.  He was active with …