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United Way wraps tough season

This year has been tough for a lot of people running businesses, meaning fund-raising often takes a back seat in many people’s minds.
With the self-correction of our economy, fundraisers have often been told “wait until next year.” What’s happening is many businesses are adjusting from the near-meltdown of two years ago and the relative crunch on credit since with personal decisions to hold off on indulgences.

Like it or not, the good feeling after writing a check to the local charities is often considered an indulgence.

This is unfortunate, as many more in our community are in need now with a sputtering economy — though sales tax receipts would suggest an upward trend of Ennis business.

Everyone knows that we are tightening our belts a little these days, but businesses are more fickle than ever about spending money. The trickle-down effect is employees act the same way, and then spend less out in the community, further impacting these very businesses.

It’s more than trickle down economics as it’s really a vicious cycle that continues to hit each of us as the months go on. If this continues for a while, all would suggest that eventually this would lead us out of this post-recession era even stronger than we entered it.

However, that does not diminish the need our local charities have.
Many of these groups, like Helping Hands, the Gingerbread House, the Boys and Girls Club and others, rely heavily on the Greater Ennis United Way for help.

After last year’s tremendous response of well over $300,000 in donations, this year’s ambitious goal over $325,000 from the GEUW will be difficult to meet.

Currently, board members are optimistic as several local contributions from major industries have not come in yet, but are expected. Still, the $325,000 mark will be tough to reach.

But this is the end of the year and there are folks out there looking for a tax deduction or just to do a good deed for the community while in the holiday spirit. It is still possible if we all pitch in to hit our mark.

Please consider donating to this local group as the money that is contributed to the Greater Ennis United Way goes right back into our community to help children, unwed mothers, out of work families, the elderly, and those less fortunate than us this year.
To contribute, please check with your employer to see if they have a United Way fund-raiser set up. If not, try to start one. Check with local GEUW executive director Eliza Fulton for more information, by calling (972) 351-2060.

The United Way is essential to the progression of our city. We all have our opinions and preconceived notions about who needs help and what they are doing to help themselves. I get as frustrated as anyone.
I can assure you of several things: Those getting help include the elderly who are unable to get a get hot meal. They are served by Meals on Wheels. There are people who’ve lost their jobs due to the recent recession.

Their groceries are provided by Helping Hands. There are people who cannot afford medical care who are served by the Hope Clinic. And there are dozens of examples of people you and I would want to help if we knew they needed help.

The simple fact is, many of us reading this newspaper don’t often associate with those needing this help. The Greater Ennis United Way is our way to reach out to those individuals.

Please give today and help make our community a better place.

Tre Bischof has a newfound respect for the directors and organizers of the non profits who help make our city a better place. He can be reached by sending email to tre@ennisdailynews.com.

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