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Rocky Mount Mayor Sandy Roberson Partnering with United Way on COVID-19 Recovery Fund -

For Immediate Release

April 22, 2020

Media Contact:  Cary Cox, 252.955.0819

Mayor donates remaining 2020 mayoral salary to support local fund

Rocky Mount, N.C.—The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted every citizen in Rocky Mount. In an effort to assist the community, the United Way and its partner nonprofits have established the United Way Tar River Region COVID-19 Response Fund to address community needs, including food, housing, childcare, domestic violence reduction and safe blood collections.

“The work of the United Way is always important, but especially now when we need to support each other,” says Rocky Mount Mayor Sandy Roberson. “This pandemic has put many of us in difficult situations and, as a community, we need to support each other.” Mayor Roberson has pledged the remainder of his 2020 mayoral salary to the fund.

To make a donation of any amount, please text GIVE to 252-221-6048 or visit on the United Way website. On social media, please use the hashtag #LetsGiveRM to show your support. The community has given over $100,000 to the fund so far, but more is needed.

“The fund is just one of our efforts to support our neighbors,” says Ginny Mohrbutter, executive director of the United Way Tar River Region. “Please visit our website for online resources and updates on COVID-19. Please also consider signing up to volunteer or donate needed items, such as non-perishable foods, gloves, sanitizers and masks. More information can be found at"

For more information about COVID-19 and resources you may need, please call 211, the 24/7 hotline provided by the United Way.

“We will survive this pandemic stronger if we all work together, stay home, wash our hands and maintain social distancing,” adds Mayor Roberson.

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