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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Growing groups need community support

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Aug. 1, 2013 at 3:01 a.m.


Crossroads residents have a longstanding tradition of charitable giving. From restoring historic landmarks to helping community nonprofits, area residents have shown their love for others through their generous giving time and again.

Two Crossroads groups in particular are working to expand but need the help of community members to do it. In Calhoun County, the YMCA launched a fundraising campaign to finance the move to a bigger space in the old Wal-Mart building. The plan includes the purchase of the building along with the 17.5 acres it sits on. The property will cost $1.79 million, and internal remodeling will be $980,000. That adds up to a total of $2.77 million for the plan. The projected move-in date for the new location is Dec. 16.

The YMCA has a few different options for those who want to give. For those with deeper pockets, there are giving levels from the Friends of Y for $1,000 up through Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum to the Founder level of $750,000. Or, if you prefer a more visible gift, donors can opt to choose the name of everything from the building itself down to the security system for a specified donation amount. But for those who simply want to give what they can, Calhoun County YMCA Executive Director Michele Morales says any and all donations will be accepted, even if it's just pocket change. Donors can send money to the Calhoun County YMCA, care of Michele Morales, at 1300 N. Virginia St., Port Lavaca, 77979. Or, if donors prefer to give with a credit card, they can call the YMCA at 361-551-2562 and ask for Morales.

Another group in need of donations is The Vine School in Victoria. This school for autistic children ages 2 through 10 is moving into a new building with nearly twice the space of its previous location in the second story of the Methodist Day School. The Vine School has taken a unique approach to its needs. Rather than ask for generic donations, the school has created a wish list of specific items needed as part of the move. Donors can log onto the school's website and select items such as storage cabinets, fire extinguishers, a fax machine, therapy items, magnetic dry erase boards and more to purchase for the school.

Both of these groups are important parts of Crossroads communities, and we are glad to see their plans to expand. We encourage residents of these cities and the Crossroads to take advantage of these and other opportunities to invest in their community and help fill the needs of others. If we work together and combine our resources, we can have an immeasurable impact on the lives of others.

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

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