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Volunteerism Kicks off United Way’s Annual Campaign

United Way of Lamar CountyTo increase community participation in the “Building a Better Community with YOU”, United Way announces a campaign goal of $550,000 to benefit Lamar County residents

United Way of Lamar County kicks off its 2015 Annual Campaign on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. for the 71st consecutive year.  Volunteers and supporters will gather at Love Civic Center for a “Live at Five” event featuring a Volunteer Fair.  Attendees are invited to learn where your investment is making an impact in our community, and to learn of opportunities to give back through volunteering.

As part of the Campaign Kickoff, Zach Saffle, Pierson Fendley Insurance and United Way of Lamar County’s 2015 Campaign Chair will launch the Campaign by announcing a goal of $550,000 to “Build a Better Community with YOU!”

“We are proud to be a part of a community that generously gives back through investment and volunteerism,” says Saffle. “That is why I encourage everyone in our community to get involved in the campaign this year. While United Way has made tremendous progress in our community, there is still so much more work to be done. And it can’t be done by only a few.”

Through strategic use of volunteers and by focusing on the underlying issues affecting our community, United Way is bringing Lamar County residents together to ensure Lamar County is better educated, financial stable, safer and healthier. United Way’s Days of Caring is a three day event where thousands of volunteers in our community give back through volunteer projects. Once again, United Way is mobilizing our community in action over the course of the campaign.

At the kick-off, United Way Partner Agencies will be on hand with volunteer opportunities for you to help create meaningful impact in our community.  American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts NETSEO, CASA for KIDS, Children’s Advocacy Center,  Dylan’s Drivers, ETCADA, Girl Scouts NETX, Habitat for Humanity, Imagination Library, Lakes Regional MHMR – Innovative Enterprises, LC Child Welfare Board, LC Coalition of Education, Business & Industry, LC Human Resource Council, LC Literacy Council, New Hope Center, RRV Down Syndrome Society, RSVP, SAFE-T, The King’s Daughters & Sons, & The Salvation Army.

People who are interested in supporting United Way of Lamar County can do so in the following ways:

By Contributing to the 2015 United Way Campaign:

Give through your workplace campaign, start a workplace campaign at your organization or business, visit, call (903) 784-6642, or send contributions to United Way of Lamar County, PO Box 1, Paris, TX, 75461. We invite every member of the Lamar County community to participate!

Volunteering with United Way or one of our partner agencies:

Visit and click on “Volunteer” or call United Way 903-784-6642.

 Our Community’s Priorities:

EDUCATION – Helping children and youth achieve their potential.

Priority Outcomes:

  • Children enter kindergarten developmentally on track in terms of literacy and social, emotional, and intellectual skills.
  • Third graders read at grade-level proficiency.
  • Young people graduate from high school.
  • Youth develop academic, life and work skills to help them make a successful transition from high school to college and adulthood. INCOME – Helping families become financial stable and independent, while ensuring that basic needs are met.

Priority Outcomes:

  • Families have support for basic needs, including shelter and food.
  • Youth and adults develop financial literacy skills.
  • Lower-income families move toward financial stability.
  • Community members have resources to overcome disasters and emotional or financial crises.HEALTH – Improving people’s health.

Priority Outcomes:

  • Community members have access to healthier foods.
  • Children and adults decrease overweight and obesity and associated chronic diseases.
  • Community members have access to basic and preventative health services.
  • Community members improve Mental Health through programs and services.
  • Youth and adults are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.
  • Seniors and people with disabilities maximize their self-sufficiency.

United Way engages our community mobilizes volunteers and strengthens local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives.

United Way of Lamar County

United Way of Lamar County is addressing the underlying causes of community issues through strategic goals focused on three priority areas:  Education, Income and Health. These priority areas have been identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Lamar County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are achieving measurable results toward making our community better educated, safer, and healthier.

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