Hopkins County United Way had raised $10,734 of its $155,000 goal to support 19 local agencies as of the Tuesday campaign workers report meeting, and $4,900 of that was collected and turned in by the city of Sulphur Springs before the meeting.
While that amount was about $22,000 less than collected at the first report meeting last year, the first meeting wasn’t until Oct. 16 and the tally included three sizable donations that aren’t in yet: two from big industries and the third was the proceeds from banks’ annual burger fundraiser, campaign officials noted. (This year, Alliance, City National and Guaranty Bond Bank will host Burgers Between the Banks Friday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a donation of at least $6.)
Campaign Chairman Chris Voorheese said that although this year’s campaign is $5,000 higher than last year, he believes the community will see the good that the funds will do.
“We need to get out and work. Last time we raised the goal, we exceeded it,” Voorheese noted. “I hope we can get out there and exceed it again.”
He also encouraged each worker to remind people when distributing packets where the money goes — supporting 19 agencies that help Hopkins County residents.
“I was a worker for three years. Until I became campaign chair and sat on the allocations committee, I didn’t realize all that we do,” Voorheese said.
He said while sitting on the allocations committee, listening to representatives from various agencies tell how many people they help and how, he realized just how much HCUW’s annual support means.
One presentation that really brought that home to him was Adam Teer’s explanation of just how HCUW’s funds are used by CANHelp.
Teer said that while many people recognize CANHelp and Community Chest as a source that puts people in contact with services and resources they need, and which provides diapers and walkers and one-time assistance, not nearly as many are aware of a small side program offered through CANHelp.
He said HCUW’s funds go directly into a fund designated to help eight families become self sufficient. The six-month program helps the individual and family develop positive habits. He said one woman referred to CANHelp was working in home health and taking college classes. In order to continue her education, however, she was required to pay the cost of one semester’s worth of classes at Paris Junior College upfront. CANHelp asked her to attend a nine-week money management class, Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace, “to employ some positive habits.” CANHelp used HCUW funds to pay $600 in tuition for her first semester of college. As she completed class assignments, she’d stop in at CANHelp to tell the staff.
“We were a parent figure to her. She got all As,” Teer said, noting the woman graduated successfully from the CANHelp program, but is “still in school and doing well financially too.
“Because of what United Way allowed us to do in her life, remove the roadblock and made different her life. She changed it,” Teer said, noting she will continue to be a positive part of the community, giving back as she continues to succeed — in her chosen profession once her training is complete, when she buys a house, spends on other items in the community — which supported her.
To track weekly totals, community members can check out the goal “thermometer” by Sulphur Springs Fire Station 2, located between Tennessee and Gilmer Streets and Bill Bradford Road, just across from CVS. Also be looking for totals on the Kramerica billboard next to Chili’s.
100 % Club
Below are names of businesses who returned doantions which either met or exceeded the posted goal for their organization at the Oct. 8 meeting.
- Bankston Memorial Monuments and Caskets
- Maretate/ Dinh Tran
- County Treasurer Treva Watson
- County Auditor Suzanne Bauer
- County Judge Chris Brown
- County Clerk Debbie Shirley
- Constable Bill Allen
- Tommy Allison
- Party Gear Plus
- Northeast Texas Janitorial Supplies
- 4 Paws Pet Grooming
- Sweet Frog
- M&F Western Products
- Circle E Western Wear
- Glenn Irvin Real Estate
- D&B Loan Co.
- Cody Drug
- Dial Study Club
- Abercrombie Body Shop
- Advantage Copy Systems
- Cowboy Trucking
- Commercial Glass and Door
- Hopkins County Food Locker
- Professional Land Title Co.
- The Blacklands Railroad
- Sulphur Springs Muffler Center
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