The Hopkins County community continues to prove Judy Tipping’s 2012-2013 United Way campaign theme true each year. People give from the heart, often digging deep, so that HCUW has the funds needed to deliver the allocations promised to the local agencies that serve the community, from the youngest to the oldest and those in between.
Each year HCUW holds a fund drive in October to collect the set amount. Over the last decade, the campaign has had to be extended into November, but eventually it all seems to come in. And, pledges and donations often continue to trickle in throughout the year. Over the last few years, those donations have resulted in enough left over that additional funds have been allocated later to recipients.
This year, those excess funds amounted to $17,218.34.
Excess allocations made from the 2010-2011 campaign were $20,046.77. Excess allocations made from the 2009-2010 campaign were $25,830, according to HCUW Executive Secretary Susan Berning. While the more than $17,000 in additional funds allocated to recipients is less than in the past two years, they are still a much-appreciated — and much-needed — bonus for those agencies.
“These are funds from when Kayla Price and Markeda Fisher chaired the campaign. So they’re funds from 2010-2011, paid out in 2012,” explained Berning.
HCUW officials, upon learning just how much extra they had left, decided to use the funds for the purpose intended — to help the agencies supported by HCUW. They allocated the $17,218.34 extra be divided among the 17 designated recipient agencies. The amounts correlate to the percentage of funds allocated to each agency in the original $150,000 budget.
On Thursday, United Way officials presented the additional funds to a representative from each agency during a special event on the square. Both groups used the opportunity to extend heartfelt thanks to the many individuals, groups and businesses in Hopkins County who made the annual event so successful by digging deep in the their pockets so the agencies received much-needed funding to better assist the people they serve.
Community Chest is receiving an additional $8,008.95 to provide emergency assistance in the form of food, medicine, vision and dental care, clothing, rent, utilities and others to the community. The agency receives $46.51 percent of the goal or $60,000 in 2012.
Lake Country Court Appointed Special Advocates will benefit from the additional 1,208.21 allocated by HCUW. CASA provides trained volunteer advocates for abused or neglected children involved in family courts. Their primary goal is to achieve a permanent living arrangement which serves each child’s best interests. In 2012, CASA served more than 120 children in its four county service area, at least 55 of them from Hopkins County. The agency receives 6.98 percent of HCUW’s overall allocations, that’s a 2012 allocation of $9,000.
The next largest amount in excess funds allocated this week was $1,067.80 to both CANHelp and Hopkins County Christian Alliance, each made up 6.2 percent or $8,000 of the total $150,000 2012 campaign budget. CANHelp’s goal is to recognize unmet needs among the citizens in the community, treat those in need with love and compassion and provide people with tools, knowledge or services that will assist them in becoming perpetually self-sufficient. The Christian Alliance helps those who cannot provide for their basic food needs meet those needs, provides emergency travel assistance to stranded travelers and financial management for the Empty Stocking Christmas gift program.
HCUW allocated an additional $934.33 to the Meal-A-Day program, which was allocated $7,000 (5.43 percent of the overall goal) in 2012. The program provides hot, nutritious meals five days a week (excluding major holidays) to shut-in and senior citizens who can’t prepare meals for themselves and have no one to help them do so.
Heritage Outreach Ministry Foundation was allocated 5.04 percent of the $17,218.34 in addition funding awarded this week. The agency originally was allocated $6,500 in 2012 to provide mental health benefits to those unable to obtain these services due to lack of finances or insurance.. In 2010 alone, the program served 242 families.
Awarded $667.38 or 3.88 percent of the additional funds each were Our Place/Lake Region Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center, Teen Court and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hopkins County. Each in 2012 was initially allocated $5,000 from the $150,000 fund goal. Our Place provides a safe, developmentally appropriate environment for individuals with intellectual development disabilities; it’s day habilitation provides opportunities for assisted training in money management, personal hygiene, grooming, adaptive skills, home crafts, vocational preparation and community recreation opportunities. Teen Court is a voluntary youth diversion program for teen-aged first-time Class C misdemeanor offenders who perform community service for their sentence; it’s also a scholarship program for youth volunteers who serve as court personnel. The BGC strives to provide safe, positive behavior guidance and to promote the health, social, educational, vocational and character development of boys and girls.
The three agencies awarded $2,500 each in 2012 were the American Red Cross, Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas and Hopkins County 4-H. That’s 5.82 percent of the overall budget. At a rate of 1.94 each, that amounted to $333.69 in additional funds allocated to each this week.
Agencies receiving $266.95 in additional funds included East Texas Council on Alcohol/Drug Abuse, Northeast Texas/Southeast Oklahoma (NeTSeO) Trails Council of Boy Scouts of American and Girls Scouts of America. In 2012, each received 1.55 percent ($2,000) of allocations. ETCADA is dedicated to the reduction of substance abuse and dependency by providing education, intervention and treatment in a cooperative community environment.
Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center and North Texas Youth Connection were allocated $1,000 in 2012. That’s 0.78 percent each, which amounted to $133.48 each in additional funds this week from HCUW. NT Youth Connection provides opportunities for youth and families to develop positive, healthy lifestyles by promoting safety and well-being. Programs within NTYC include STAR, a free crisis intervention counseling program for families of youth up to age 17; Project Safe Place, a network of “youth friendly” safe places; and emergency shelter for youth up to age 21. NETCAC Inc. provides a sensitive environment designed to minimize further trauma to children who are evaluated by trained experts for child abuse.
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