United Way ups its goal $5,000 after successful 2004 campaign
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Deanna Landers, left, was named Hopkins County United Way campaign chair and Cathy Chitwood board president at Tuesday’s meeting.
Staff Photo By Angela Pitts

June 28, 2005 - Hopkins County United Way’s budget and allocations committee raised the bar this year, adding $5,000 to last year’s fundraising goal for a 2005-2006 campaign goal of $135,000.

Board members indicated confidence in increasing this year’s goal to $135,000 in order to give more funding after last year’s successful finish was 6 percent ahead of the campaign goal at $138,181.

During Tuesday morning’s HCUW board meeting, Deanna Landers was named this year’s campaign chairperson, while Cathy Chitwood will serve as president and Charlotte Henderson as administrative secretary.

Landers suggested “steppin’ up and reachin’ out” as this year’s campaign theme, which she said is an accurate description of Hopkins County United Way’s efforts to help the less fortunate in the community through the agencies it supports annually.

“I have enjoyed, through service in the Pilot Club, stepping up and reaching out to help others,” Landers said of her excitement in heading the annual HCUW campaign, which officially kicks off in October. “That’s what United Way does. All the funds we collect stay in our community to help those in need.”

The allocations committee also approved a proposal that all 17 of the agencies funded last year receive an additional $1,000 to finish off the 2004-005 fiscal year, funds which would come from HCUW’s reserves.

“We’re excited about giving the additional funds,” Chitwood said.

Henderson explained that HCUW, following the recommendation of United Way of America, is required to keep a “cush,” or surplus amount, in its accounts in order to fully fund the allocations, just in case a campaign falls short of its allocation goal.

Overall, only one organization requesting funding will receive less than was apportioned last year by HCUW. Child Protective Services will receive $4,000, $2,000 less than the agency was awarded last year. That amount, however, does not mark a cut by board members, but a request for less from CPS.

Terrific Tuesdays will not be receiving funding from HCUW in fiscal year 2005-2006, but the group which serves four individuals did not request funding this year.

Lake County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, known as CASA, will again receive $9,000, while Our Place was once more awarded $4,000. The Boys and Girls Club will continue to receive $5,000 from HCUW, as will the Meal-a-Day Center in food credit at North East Texas Food Bank. The Ministerial Alliance will once again receive $10,000 from HCUW, and Family Haven was again allocated $4,000.

Community Chest continues to benefit from the largest single allocation by HCUW. Community Chest requested $56,000, and was awarded $54,000. That’s $2,000 more than the help organization received in 2004-2005.

The second largest allocation of $14,000, continues to be for administrative expenses. That’s an increase of $1,000, awarded to keep pace with the increased cost of materials and expenses associated with the annual campaign.

Hopkins County Community Action Network 211 was awarded $9,000, which is $800 more than the health assistance agency received one year ago, but still $1,000 less than the amount they asked the board for.

North East Texas Child Advocacy Center asked for and was allocated $4,500, which is $1,000 more than the agency requested last year. The 4-H Club was allocated $500 more this year for a total of $2,500. Another $1,350 will go to United Way of America, to pay the 10 percent in annual dues set according to each United Way chapter’s campaign goal. The budget and allocations committee also gave the nod to increase Teen Court’s benefit from $1,000 to $1,150 this year. North East Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, which requested $3,000 but did not receive funding from HCUW last year, will receive $2,000.

HCUW budgeted $500 additional for Girl Scouts this year, increasing their allocation to $2,500. They group asked for $4,000. Heritage Outreach will receive $1,000 more this year, increasing their allocation to $3,000.

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