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G.E.U.W. short of goal

With the present state of the economy, fund-raising for any organization is hard work and no one knows this better than members of the Greater Ennis United Way who have extended their efforts through the month of January in hopes of securing the remaining $60,000 needed to achieve their goal of $315,000.
Agency director Eliza Fulton said the agency has always been successful even though they only have the businesses and individuals within the Ennis ISD to solicit from.
“We really are fortunate to have so many caring and giving people in this community because while some other United Way agencies have a greater area to solicit donations from, we only have one,” Fulton said. “It makes things a little more difficult for us, but the community has always come through for us and I am very hopeful that they will continue to do so.”
Donations to the G.E.U.W. help 12 other agencies within the community that care for a variety of needs and assist community members including: Helping Hands of Ennis, A-CROSS, the Boys & Girls Club of Ennis, the Golden Circle Activity Center, the American Red Cross, Friends of the Ennis Public Library, the Candy Cane Daycare Center, Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties, the Gingerbread House Children’s Advocacy Center, the Ellis County Foster Parent Association, the Ellis County 4-H and CASA of Ellis County.
Campaign committee chairman Adam Fuentes said if the goal is not met, agencies would have to make due with a little less.
“Obviously we are not wanting to cut anyone short, but if the goal isn’t met some agencies will have to make due with a little less than what they would have received,” he said. “If our goal is met it makes allotting the funds a little more flexible, but we will make due with whatever figure the campaign closes with.”
Fuentes said even with the state of the economy, regular businesses and individuals that annually contribute to the campaign still have given, even if it meant scaling back a little on their donations.
“We have a wonderful community that has been very generous with their donations and even though some had to reduce the amount they gave, they still managed to give something,” he said. “It is because of those people that our organization continues to prosper.”
Fuentes feels the best part about giving to the G.E.U.W. is the fact that the money is placed back in the community to help others when they need it.
“All of the money goes back into agencies in our community that help others when they need it most,” he said. “All of the funds stay here so that the donations from the community take care of the community. It really is a win-win situation.”
Fulton said that when looking where the money is allocated it is clear the funds are designated to help community members.
“We hand out about $70,000 every 90 days to various agencies, so it is clear where the money goes,” she said. “It is our efforts through our annual campaign that allow for this to happen so we try very hard to meet our goals.”
For those wishing to volunteer, a drop off of donations can be arranged by calling the agency directly or by bringing funds to Ennis State Bank where they will be deposited into the agency’s account.
For more information on the agency or any of the agencies it helps funds, contact 972-351-2060.

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