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Advocate editorial board opinion: County's United Way on path to meeting 2010 goal

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Aug. 30, 2010 at 3:30 a.m.


UNITED WAY CLIENTS

American Red Cross, Billy T. Cattan Recovery Outreach, Boys & Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America in South Texas, Community Action Committee, CrossRoads Youth & Family Services, Communities in Schools, Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas, Golden Crescent CASA, Hope of South Texas, Mid-Coast Family Services, Perpetual Help Home, South Texas Assessment & Referral Services, Tender Loving Care, Victoria Adult Literacy, Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry, Victoria County Senior Citizens, Victoria ISD Education Foundation and YMCA of the Golden Crescent.

* Call 361-578-3561 to make donations to United Way

Although the Victoria County United Way has had a tough time in the past year, meeting its new monetary goal to help non-profits is looking up.

In 2008, the organization achieved its goal of $888,000 and figured it could raise $926,000 in 2009. But that year was a tough year for the economy here, and most businesses were cutting back and taking a very conservative stance on giving and spending. So United Way was only able to raise $820,000 in 2009, $106,000 short of its goal.

Last week, United Way set its 2010 goal at $822,000, a conservative goal, according to its executive director, Clifford Grimes.

"We feel really good about it. We had the opportunity to visit with our top 26 accounts, and they feel good about the economy. Many of them are hiring again," Grimes said. "We still want to be very conservative. We set a goal we are hoping to be wrapped up with by the middle of December."

The Victoria County United Way targets businesses and corporations and their staffs for contributions.

And Grimes is correct. During this economy, it pays to be conservative, and we believe he and his organization have set a doable goal. The 19 organizations that depend on United Way certainly will want this goal to be realistic, too, because they depend on charitable money to operate.

Recently, the Victoria County United Way gained its national certification, too.

"It is an important process we go through to assure our donors that we do meet very high standards of operations," he said.

Grimes is no stranger to United Way although he has only been at the helm of Victoria County United Way for a year and two months.

"I have a 33-year career with United Way. I am glad to be back home in Texas," he said.

Our Victoria County United Way serves 19 agencies in Victoria. These organizations help children and families and anything from the Boy Scouts of America to the Victoria Adult Literacy and Victoria County Senior Citizens.

We praise the United Way for its good work, and we praise all those who contribute to Victoria County United Way. Please join us and make this year's goal a reality - it is for a very worthy, beneficial cause.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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