Hopkins County United Way on Friday, June 24, 2022, distributed $53,689.64 in additional funds raised over the 2020 campaign goal of $150,000 to local groups.
“We are so excited to be able to give back to the organizations so much more,” said HCUW 2022-2023 President Kristy Moseley.
She and Mike Horne, who chaired the 2020-2021 campaign, expressed thanks to the generous people of Hopkins County, whose contributions to the campaign exceeded the goal by $53,689.64.
“We’re not the reason United Way is successful. We are successful and are able to give out these excess allocations from my campaign in 2020 because of our community — all the generous donors, the businesses and individuals. And, we’re successful because of organizations like y’all, that give people a good reason to give money to United Way,” Horne told the representatives from the nonprofits invited to the meeting to receive additional funding. “I want to personally thank y’all for being there so we can give you the money, because without your organizations and the wonderful things you do in our communities, there’s really not a reason to have United Way. So thank you.”
The funding was distributed to all except one of the agencies allocated funding in 2020 campaign. No funding was allocated to Jehovah Jireh Food Pantry because the group closed on May 23, 2022. Funding was designated based on the percent of the original goal each agency was allocated.
Among the recipient agencies recognized to receive additional funding at the June 24, 2022, HCUW distribution were:
- Circle 10 Council of Boy Scouts of America
- Bright Star Baseball
- East Texas Council on Alcohol/Drug Abuse (ETCADA)
- Heritage Christian Counseling Center
- Hopkins County 4-H
- Hopkins County Christian Alliance on behalf of Community Cupboard
- Hopkins County Community Chest
- Lake Country Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
- Lakes Regional Community Center on behalf of Our Place, Meal A Day
- Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center Inc.
- SAFE-T (Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas)
- Shadow Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center
- Sulphur Springs Symphony League
- Teen Court
- The Dinner Bell
“Thank you. You just keep doing what you’re doing and we’ll keep doing what we are doing. Kristy was 2021-2022 campaign chair and she went over her goal, so I hope this time next year we are doing this same meeting and giving out excess allocations. Emily Glass is our new campaign chair that will start raising funds the end of September into October. We hope to just keep hitting our goals and giving out more money,” Horne said.
He also extended thanks to HCUW Executive Secretary Susan Berning, “the backbone that really keeps United Way going,” and the HCUW Board members for their “support and all you do.”