The last time the goal was raised, from $145,000 to $150,000 to support 17 agencies, was five years ago when John Sellers was campaign chairman.
The goal was raised in 2008 after the allocations committee received requests for a total of $168,000 for local agencies. Two new agencies were added that year.
In a special letter in donation packets HCUW workers are distributing to businesses and groups throughout the community, HCUW officers noted “the need is great, and we are up to the challenge, but we are depending on you and your business to help us meet those needs. … With our theme of ‘Give more to help more,’ we are looking forward to reaching our goal and placing Hopkins County United Way in a position to help more people in our community.”
This year, HCUW has pledged $5,000 above last year’s goal and added three agencies to its list of recipients.
- The Dinner Bell was allocated $1,000 of the $155,000 HCUW 2013-14 goal. This first time HCUW recipient is an out reach ministry of First United Methodist Church which provides hot meals to local families in need, the homeless and travelers in need on Wednesday. During July and August, the program also provided hot meals to Boys and Girls Club members. The program is operating out of Wesley United Methodist Church while facilities repairs are being made at FUMC.
- Winnsboro Community Resource Center has also been designated for the first time to benefit from the HCUW fund driver. The program has been designated $500 to help fund food and personal care items and financial assistance for utilities, medication and housing needs.
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving, often referred to as MADD, also is designated to receive a portion of this year’s goal. The $1,000 HCUW has allocated to MADD, a program which provides services to victims of drunk driving crashes and offers prevention education programs for churches, civic organizations and schools with a focus on teens and their parents.
Agencies also allocated funds included:
- Hopkins County Coummunity Chest, $64,950 (a $1,950 increase) — provides emergency assistance to qualified residents in the form of food, dental, vision, medication, utility and rental assistance. In 2012, Community Chest provided financial assistance to 5,490 local residents and emergency food for 1,598.
- Lake Country Court Appointed Special Advocates, $9,000 — provides trained volunteer advocates for abused or neglected children involved in family courts with the goal of achieving a permanent living arrangement which will serve the child’s best interest. n CANHelp, $8,000 — reorganizes areas of unmet need among the citizens in Hopkins County, and provides people with tools, knowledge and services that will assist them in becoming permanently self-sufficient
- Hopkins County Christian Alliance, $8,000 — meets the needs of those who cannot provide for their own basic food needs, provides emergency travel assistance, financial management for Empty Stocking and an on-call chaplain for Hopkins County Memorial Hospital
- Heritage Outreach Ministry Foundation, $7,500 ($500 increase) — provides mental health benefits to those unable to obtain those services due to lack of finances or insurance. The foundation helped 281 families in 2012.
- Meal-A-Day, $7,000 — provides nutritious meals five days a week at a nominal cost to senior citizens at the center and delivers to disabled, ill or otherwise homebound and unable to prepare meals for themselves and have no one else to do so for them. The center prepared 24,792 meals in 2012.
- Boys and Girls Club of Hopkins County, $5,000 — strives to enhance the life of students by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence to help them become productive citizens
- Our Place/Lakes Region Mental Health Mental Retardation, $5,000 — provides a safe, developmentally appropriate environment for individuals with intellectual development disabilities. The day program creates “a special place” that supports both home and community.
- Teen Court, $5,000 — a voluntary youth diversion program to give teen-age first time Class C misdemeanor offenders an opportunity to accept responsibility for their actions by participating in the judicial process and performing community service work. Teen Court also encourages volunteerism among teens to work the court as a juror, bailiff, clerk or attorney.
- Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas (SAFE-T), $3,000 — creates a safe environment, away from violence and abuse; provides education, violence prevention services and crisis intervention to victims of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse
- Hopkins County 4-H, $3,000 ($500 increase) — offers a variety of projects ranging from ag in the classroom to youth leadership development, community 4-H clubs, service learning projects and camps to more.
- East Texas Council on Alcohol/Drug Abuse (ETCADA), $2,000 — reduces substance abuse and dependency in the community by providing substance abuse education, intervention and treatment in a cooperative community environment
- Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center Inc., $2,000 ($1,000 increase) — provides a sensitive environment in which children are evaluated for alleged child and sexual abuse in an effort to minimize further trauma to the child and optimize the investigative process, as well as education classes.
- North Texas Youth Connection, $1,000 ($500 decrease)— provides opportunities to enable youth to develop a positive, healthy lifestyle by promoting their safety and well-being; emergency shelter and transitional living program for youth and young adults; free crisis intervention counseling for at risk youth and their families.
- Boy Scouts of America, Northeast Texas/Southeast Oklahoma (NeTseO) Trails Council, $1,500 ($500 decrease) — develops character, fitness and citizenship training in young people, teaching ethical decision making, leadership development and self-reliance. More than 230 boys participated in BSA Hopkins County in 2012.
- Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, $1,500 ($500 decrease) — instill courage, confidence and character in girls. More than 150 girls participated in GS Hopkins County in 2012.
Hopkins County United Way, in order to utilize the organization logo and work cooperatively as a united fund, are required to pay $1,550 this year to United Way Worldwide.
An additional $17,500 will go toward administrative expenses, including a salary for the part-time secretary, supplies, utilities, the annual audit, postage and campaign materials.
For more information, contact campaign headquarters at 903-243-4066. Donation may be mailed to HCUW Campaign Headquarters, P.O. Box 735, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75483-0735.
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