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United Way of Victoria needs our assistance

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Dec. 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.


HOW TO DONATEGo to unitedwayvictoria.org and donate online.

Mail contributions to United Way of Victoria County, 4407 Lilac, suite B, Victoria 77901.

Phone 361-578-3561 to make other arrangements to donate.

One sure way to help a bunch of organizations that help people at once is to contribute to our Victoria County United Way, an accredited independent non-profit working for 19 other non-profits.

Clifford Grimes, the United Way's executive director, says the 2010 goal of $822,000 is attainable, but you should get involved to help ensure the United Way reaches it. As of Wednesday, the Victoria County United Way has raised $522,495, or 63.6 percent of the goal.

"We would love to wrap up by the end of December, but we will probably have to go to January, February of next year," Grimes said.

Grimes said the United Way's Campaign Cabinet "remains cautiously optimistic that we will reach our goal. But it requires everyone to have the opportunity to participate."

He noted that those who have the capacity to give should do so from the heart.

We want to point out that our United Way spends 80.2 percent directly on programs and services benefiting residents in Victoria and DeWitt counties.

So about 20 cents of every donated dollar is used for fundraising, as well as the administration and managing of the funds.

Also, we should note that about 1 percent of the Victoria County United Way budget goes to pay dues to the American United Way. And the Victoria County United Way undergoes internal, external audits, as well as providing a whistle-blower program.

We think the United Way is a wonderful way to address the needs of education, income and health in our community. For example, the Boy Scouts, The Victoria ISD Education Foundation and the American Red Cross are partners interested in aiding education; the Victoria County Senior Citizens, the Foodbank of the Golden Crescent and the Community Action Committee of Victoria work toward improving income; and the Billy T. Cattan Recovery Outreach, Hope of South Texas and Mid-Coast family Services are working for improved health.

The aforementioned organizations are only a few examples of non-profits that help the community and who are greatly helped by our United Way and your contributions.

We understand in a poor economy how difficult it is to give, but now, these are the very parts of the community that are suffering even more and have a greater need.

This is the season for giving. Let's help our United Way make its goal.

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

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