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Halfway through the last month of the Greater Ennis United Way funding drive, the organization is still short its goal. Last week, the organization, which funds and supports nonprofits that serve Ennis and the greater Ellis County area, was about 50 percent through.
Thousands of dollars still stand between UW and the fulfillment of its need. And we want to be clear on that — this is not a “first to go” item on the area’s ledger during these recessionary times, it is a “must fund.”

The sheer list of organizations itself shows the need, but looking deeper into what exactly is supported through the organization’s efforts truly shines a strong light on the importance that the Greater Ennis United Way has here. Helping Hands of Ennis, Friends of the Ennis Public Library, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Ellis County, the Gingerbread House Children’s Advocacy Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Ennis, A Christian Response of Shelter and Services, the Ennis Golden Circle, Candy Cane Corner, Meals on Wheels, Ellis County 4-H and Ellis County Foster Parents Association are all supported entities.

Think about what Ennis and Ellis County would be like without the integral support that these organizations provide to the needy in our community. If even one were to fold for a lack of funding — and if trends like shortfalls in the United Way budget continue that could be the inevitable and real possibility — we would certainly feel the void and kick ourselves for not stretching just a little farther to reach out and help.

For example, the delicate nature of child advocacy, requires the deft hand of trained social workers and professionals who dedicate their lives to salving the raw wounds of abuse, neglect and sexual assault. We couldn’t hope to help the youth in our community who bear these woes without the help those organizations can provide, especially to those of low income.

The United Way suffered last year for a lack of funding support, falling short of its stated goal by no small margin. Some area businesses and organizations are stepping forward, such as Sterilite and the Ennis Independent School District. And even if we are to reach our area’s goal, think of the good that can be done with every extra dollar above that level that the Greater Ennis United Way has at its disposal. It’s really not that hard of a decision.

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