United Way to kick off efforts

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, September 1, 2018

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Heading into Thursday’s United Way of Wise County’s kickoff, Barbara Haley and Martin Woodruff are working to get the word out about the help needed to reach its fundraising goal.

The United Way has set the bar at $450,000 for this fall’s fundraising efforts. The money from the fall fundraiser will help the 30 agencies it assists.

“We support charities locally,” said Woodruff, the United Way of Wise County executive director.

“Each fall 100 percent of donations go into funding programs locally.”

Woodruff said United Way’s administrative costs for the local chapter are covered by WC Challenger Charities.

The kickoff event starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Decatur Conference Center and includes lunch.

Haley and Woodruff are working to spread the word in hopes of boosting efforts. The United Way is anticipating a smaller contribution from partners in the energy sector due to industry decline.

“We are facing a tough year,” Woodruff said.

But the United Way’s partners will still need the same help. Woodruff hopes to get businesses and individuals motivated at the kickoff to go out and get pledges to help the various agencies in the county. Their message is “give, advocate and volunteer.”

“We want to get people involved in the community and help the people working to make our community a better place,” Woodruff said.

Woodruff said the local United Way has earned the trust of the community during the last 40 years with its efforts. He said giving to the United Way remains the most effective way to help local charities.

Following Thursday’s kickoff will be the North Texas Day of Giving on Sept. 20. The United Way of Wise County will participate in the regional charity effort for the first time and will hold an event at Trinity Street Coffee Bar that morning.

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