Bank donates to shelter for domestic violence victims

By: By Chase Jordan - cjordan@civitasmedia.com

Southern Bank has presented a check to U Care, Inc. on behalf of the financial establishment.

The check in the amount of $150 was donated on Friday to assist with the nonprofit organization, which helps victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Sampson County.

“We are beyond thrilled to give back to the community,” Ashley Williams, Clinton branch manager, said. “We appreciate what they do for our community and the victims of domestic abuse and violence.”

With a new fiscal year approaching, U Care Director Pam Gonzalez appreciated the donation.

“Our funding ends in about two weeks,” Gonzalez said. “This will be very helpful and beneficial during that lag where you’re getting your new grants started and closing out the old ones. It’s always stressful, so they couldn’t have picked another time.”

During the year, U Care operates on a $350,000 budget to help victims throughout Sampson County. An emergency shelter opened in 1997 and later added intervention programs for victims, abusers and families. Gonzalez, assistants and volunteers host events such as its basketball tournaments and Reverse Drawing, which uses a backwards bingo style for prizes. A dinner is also served during the event.

“We’re looking at other fundraising prospects too,” Gonzalez said.

Founded in 1901 and based out of Mount Olive, Southern Bank has more than 60 locations throughout eastern North Carolina and Virginia. It’s a subsidiary of Southern BancShares, Inc.

U Care Director Pam Gonzalez, right, receives a from Southern Bank Branch Manager Ashley Williams.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_southern-bank-donation.jpgU Care Director Pam Gonzalez, right, receives a from Southern Bank Branch Manager Ashley Williams.

By Chase Jordan

cjordan@civitasmedia.com