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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Help organization reach $1 million mark

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Sept. 24, 2013 at 4:24 a.m.


Every year, workers across America receive information about how to give back to their communities. Some take part in Habitat for Humanity projects; others work with community boards or bring items in for food drives to help serve the Food Bank. But one group that has an extensive reach is the United Way.

Last year, the Victoria County United Way raised a record $1,016,516 during the 2012-13 fundraising campaign, well over the goal of $926,000. Of that, $704,000 was given to 16 agencies to help fund 21 programs, including the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, Habitat for Humanity, Perpetual Help Home, Mid-Coast Family Services and more. The remainder was spent on fundraising costs, operating budget and other expenses.

Once again, the Victoria County United Way is opening its fundraising campaign. This year, the campaign aims to raise more than $1 million, and we encourage area residents and companies to do what they can to help reach that goal. Last year, United Way saw several new contributors to the campaign, including KBR, Keen Transport, C&M Enterprises, Centric Group, CoBank, Fluor Foundation and Securities America. That increase in companies willing to contribute and invest in the betterment of the Victoria community is exciting to see, and we hope more companies will take part in the fundraising campaign this year.

Making a contribution to the United Way is simple with many different options available. Those who work for participating companies will receive a form that allows employers to deduct a small, predetermined amount from each paycheck. This can be as little as $1 per pay period or an hour of pay to a set dollar amount deducted per month or pay period. Company contributors can also give quarterly, biannually or annually for a minimum of $100 for the year or give a one-time donation. People can also donate on the Victoria County United Way website as either a onetime gift or a regular contribution. Payments can be made electronically, using a credit card or by mailing a check to United Way of Victoria County, 4407 Lilac Suite B, Victoria, Texas 77901.

We look forward to seeing the fundraising campaign for the United Way reach its goal of $1 million. The group has less than four months to reach its goal, but we are confident that the Victoria community can make this happen. The majority of the money contributed goes to help various community organizations and nonprofits focused on helping others in our hometown. Take this opportunity to invest in the future of Victoria. Your commitment will make a difference in someone's life.

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

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