United Way of Lamar County has officially announced a successful 2014 Annual Campaign with more than $559,000 donated and/or pledged to date. This amount includes over $381,000 from Industry, $73,000 from Commerical, $35,000 from Business & Professional, $30,000 from Health Care, $25,000 from Schools and $15,000 from Government.  The total is 5% over the Campaign goal of $535,000 and pledges are still being counted.  Final numbers will be announced at the Annual Meeting & Campaign Celebration, February 19, 2014.

United Way“We are thrilled with the success of the campaign and extremely grateful for the generosity of the community,” says Sue Labbe, Turner Industries Employee and United Way Board member, who chaired the United Way Campaign.

“The success of the campaign will enable United Way of Lamar County to make significant investments in local agencies that help meet the health and human service needs in Paris and Lamar County.  Our campaign theme this year is ‘Believe There is Good in the World’, and this success will allow us to do just that,” she added.

April Carl, Executive Director said:

“We are very gratified with the results of this campaign.  Much like this winter storm, we experienced unexpected delays and events beyond our control that impacted early reporting.  The people of Lamar County are resilient and we put our heads down and got to work!  During times like these the demands on our local non-profit agencies increases.  United Way is pleased that we will be able to help them improve the lives of so many this coming year.”

The United Way Citizen’s Review Panel spent more than 500 hours reviewing requests for over $600,000.  For 2014, we have committed $525,000 to fund 22 agencies and programs to meet the needs of our community.  The funds raised to date will be invested in the following agencies during 2014:

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 – A Brush with Kindness, Lakes Regional MHMR – 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.

Carl said donations from residents make it happen.

“Contributions to the United Way, multiplied by many, have the ability to create real lasting change. For the lives you’ve helped to improve and the community you’ve helped to change, We thank you!” she said.

Anyone wanting more information may contact United Way at 903.784.6642 or unitedway@suddenlinkmail.com


Campaign 2014 Results (to date)

Commercial – Cindy Ringwald                                               $72,908           107%

Government – Tommy Moore                                                $14,975           203%

Industry – Lisa Walker/James Dorman                                $381,178         104%

Business/Professional – Zach Saffle                                       $34,665          106%

Health Care – Mary Kay Armstrong/Cheryl Perry               $30,005            114%

Schools – PISD, NLISD, Prairiland, PJC                                   $25,428             83%

GRAND TOTAL                                                                     $559,159          105%

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