United Way 2014 Campaign final push to raise $535,000
United Way of Lamar County is nearing the end of its six-week Annual Campaign, in which they’ve committed to raise $535,000. At the end of this week they will only have reached about 60% of their goal.
“We’re concerned we’ll fall short of our goal, even though we are continuing to actively seek pledges,” UWLC executive director April Carl said. “It’s hard to tell how we’re doing when comparing one year to the next because our total is based on when our donations/pledges arrive.”
“We’re waiting on confirmation from a couple of large companies on what their donations will be and we’re not sure if it will match last year’s contribution,” Carl said. “It could be less or it could be more.”
This year’s goal is $535,000 and over $500,000 of that has already been committed to the partner agencies in 2014 Community Investment Grants.
“It’s getting harder and harder for our agencies to help those in need, especially with the cuts from the local, state and federal government,” Carl said. “Agencies are relying on us more and more for their funding.”
While some people give to individual agencies, United Way contributions are unique because they reach many local agencies all at the same time. The funds help our 22 partner agencies, so in one donation you make an impact for everyone. The agencies are all local and help local people.
United Way partner agencies include the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts NETSEO , CASA for KIDS, Children’s Advocacy Center, ETCADA, Girl Scouts of NETX, Greater Paris Rotary – Dental Sealants, Habitat for Humanity, Innovative Enterprises, Imagination Library, LC Child Welfare Board, LC Coalition of Education Business & Industry, LC Human Resources Council, LC Literacy Council, New Hope Center, RRV Down Syndrome Society, RSVP, SAFE-T, The King’s Daughters, and The Salvation Army.
“Without the services our agencies provide, many Lamar County residents would not get the help they need,” Carl said. “99% of all the money raised in our community stays here, with only a 1% of the money paying dues to United Way Worldwide. However, even that money comes back to our community through brand management, training and expertise.”
Carl is confident that — although they still have a ways to go to reach their goal — they will raise the money needed to fund our agencies during 2014. And United Way has had some true successes during this campaign.
The Government Division, which witnessed a 16 day shut-down, has already raised more money than ever before. The efforts of Tommy Moore and Chris Bean, both of the Paris Police Department, and Sherri Wright, of the State of Texas – Division of Child Protective Services, have raised more than 175% of their goal.
During this final phase of the 2014 Campaign, United Way is asking the people in Lamar County to open their hearts and open their wallets to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable in our community with a donation.
Give, Advocate, Volunteer — LIVE UNITED!
To make a donation to United Way of Lamar County, mail to PO Box 1, Paris, Texas 75461, stop by the office at 2620 Lamar Avenue or visit www.LamarCountyUW.org.
The United Way of Lamar County invested $525,000 in community grant money to 22 agencies serving residents of Lamar County in 2013.
Did you know…
- New Hope Center will have new beds and a computer lab in their new facility because of United Way funding.
- In 2012, 498 RSVP volunteers served 87,322 hours with a value of $1,970,857.
- With funding from the United Way of Lamar County the Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley has been able to keep the Club activities affordable for ALL YOUTH. Memberships to the Club are $15.00 per calendar year.
- Last year your American Red Cross Disaster Services helped 29 Lamar County families and 95 individuals after losing their home to disaster; connected and provided support for over 45 Lamar County military families during their time of crises while hosting over 5,700 active military in training exercises at the Camp Maxey Red Cross Canteen through their Service to the Armed Forces program; and trained 194 individuals in life-saving First Aid, CPR and AED skills through local Preparedness, Health and Safety Services.
- Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 98 Girls were served in Lamar County that were financially challenged and could not have taken part without support from United Way.
- With United Way funds, Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris provided counseling to 12 child abuse victims who received over 45 hours of counseling, 14 non-offending parents received over 50 hours of counseling and 3 families have received 15 hours of family counseling.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters is able to provide a friend to children in a one-to-one mentoring relationship because of the support provided through United Way of Lamar County.
- Funding from United Way helps SAFE-T provide outreach services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.
- With funds from The United Way, Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society has provided FREE one-on-one tutoring services for 14 individual students with disabilities during the 2012-2013 year. Because of these tutoring services, 3 of these 14 students are now able to be educated in the regular education classroom with their non-disabled peers.
- The Rotary Club of Greater Paris will expand the dental sealants program to include 6th grade students with funding granted by United Way.
- With funds from United Way, the East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse provides screenings and referrals to treatment for those suffering from addictions.
- The United Way helps provide an age-appropriate book each month to preschool children in Lamar County through the Paris Kiwanis Imagination Library.
- CASA for KIDS provided a voice in the court system for 60 children who were removed from their home due to abuse or neglect.
- The King’s Daughters and Sons provided $193,900 in school supplies, medical vouchers, childcare assistance and food to Lamar County Residents.
- Lakes Regional MHMR – Innovative Enterprises provided work opportunities and social activities for 35 individuals with developmental disabilities.
- The Salvation Army provides a hot nutritious meal every evening 4:30-5:30 pm Monday through Friday.
- United Way provides support to the Lamar County Coalition of Education, Business and Industry for recruiting the 200 volunteers that read to 2nd grade children.
- The Lamar County Child Welfare Board provided school clothes for 73 foster kids from Lamar County with funding from United Way.
- United Way funding enables the Lamar County Literacy Council to increase the number of students who obtained their GED by 61%.
- Habitat for Humanity built a home, completed 7 home improvement projects, and provided home ownership classes for low-income families with United Way funding.
- 435 youth from Lamar County went to summer camp with the Boy Scouts of NETSEO.
- Meals on Wheels provided over 125,000 meals to approximately 900 home-bound seniors and disabled individuals.