United Way needs help to reach next goal

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:14 a.m.

Victoria County United Way has a lot to celebrate this year. The service organization has been in Victoria County for 65 years, and they still have a lot of work they want to do.

According to Executive Director Clifford Grimes, the Victoria County United Way wants to raise $926,000 this year, and so far they are right on track. The fundraising campaign has already raised a little more than 50 percent of the organization's goal, and Grimes hopes most of the contributions will be in by the end of this year.

We are excited to see the United Way is doing so well. We are impressed with this year's goal and look forward to seeing this number filled so this money can be spread out to fill the needs of 21 different programs in Victoria County.

This goal of nearly $1 million seems like a staggering amount when looked at all at once, but this money doesn't come in all in lump sums from rich contributors and businesses. A large portion of this money comes from everyday people who are willing to give a small portion of their pay to make a difference in other people's lives. And we encourage people in Victoria to take part in this fundraising campaign. We know giving is difficult for some, but we encourage those who are able to examine their finances and invest some of their earnings in the community they live in. Grimes said the United Way "works to make sure donors receive value for every dollar given."

The Victoria County chapter has already received some major contributions from companies in the area, Grimes said. Caterpillar gave a one-time gift of $25,000 to celebrate their opening. The company also plans to match any contributions from employees. DuPont had an 8 percent increase over last year's contributions and H-E-B saw a 15 percent increase. KBR took part in the campaign for the first time and contributed $11,000.

These are just a few of the contributions made to the campaign, and we are impressed with how generous these four companies are. We hope to see other companies follow their example and give toward programs that improve the community they live in.

We want to thank the United Way for all they do in supporting Victoria County programs and communities. And along with Grimes, we especially want to thank the volunteers and Geri Schroeder, 2012 campaign chair, for all their work in raising the funds needed to make a difference.

We applaud everyone who is giving to the United Way this year. Your contributions are helping to fund programs that work to make a difference in our community. And on the 65th anniversary of the Victoria County United Way, we hope to see a record-breaking year. But we're not there yet.

"We are in the final push to make our goal, and we want to be sure every person and every business has an opportunity to give," Grimes said.

We encourage everyone to take the initiative to invest in this long-running, successful program. With your support, the United Way could reach its goal and more.

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



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