Adam Teer, Campaign Chairman of the 2017 Hopkins County United Way Drive, has opened the annual Drive with the first of the weekly Report Meetings. At noon each Tuesday, the dozen board members and numerous volunteer “packet-handers” will get together to monitor the progress of pledges and donations coming in. The goal is to collect $175,000 during October to assist worthy causes with non-profit status which are already at work in the local community. Donations are already coming in. Last year, United Way assisted nineteen different local organizations with allocations of money, including Hopkins County 4H, Boy Scouts of America Circle 10 Council, Meal a Day, CASA, Teen Court, NETx Symphony League, Dinner Bell and others. Later this month, members of the Budget and Allocations Committee will review this year’s applications and make recommendations to be finalized by the Board of Directors.
Adam Teer, who is also manager of the Hopkins County Civic Center, takes volunteer work in the community very seriously. This is his first time to act as Campaign Chairman with United Way. A few years ago when Teer was Director of CanHelp, he learned the process as an applicant for United Way assistance. He believes that even when an organization is not selected for an allocation of money, it can still benefit from United Way’s help in the form of suggestions on budgeting and improved implementation of it’s resources. Non-profits can make application yearly for United Way assistance.
You can watch the progress of the United Way Drive by viewing the large “thermometer” on display along South Broadway Street. Each week, the level of contributions will go up as donations come in. Individuals and business owners who have not been contacted by a United Way worker can call the United Way headquarters at 903-243-4066. “Help Starts At Home” is the slogan for this year’s drive.