United Way of Chaves County, 400 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 300, has been in Roswell since 1956. Today, 14 area agencies work together during the year to bring resources to individuals in need.
â€œThe agencies meet once a month at an agency round table meeting, and we share whatâ€™s going on among each agency,â€ Sherry Mumford, executive director, said.
â€œIf someone in the community comes to one particular agency to help meet a need, they know whatâ€™s going on with the other agencies. That way, all the agencies get to know each other.â€
Agencies provide direct assistance, food, youth education, and shelter; and literacy, senior, and abuse and neglect services.
â€œAbuse and neglect is one of the greatest needs,â€ Mumford said. â€œFood and shelter is a big need, too.â€
In Feburary, agencies went before a 20-member United Way allocations committee and made presentations based on their organizationâ€™s need. About $455,000 was allocated to agencies.
â€œItâ€™s the responsibility of the allocations committee to determine how much funding goes to each agency,â€œ Mumford said.
The United Way also allocates funds to charities through a community needs assessment that targets the biggest need areas. Not an easy task, according to Mumford.
â€œThereâ€™s never enough money. But everyone that Iâ€™ve heard from has said that it is the most rewarding experience, because their decision is helping people,â€ she said.
Allocation money is raised during the year through United Way campaigns.
This yearâ€™s campaign fundraising goal is $460,000. United Way has raised between 20 and 25 percent of their fundraising goal this year.
For more information on how to donate money, or volunteer with United Way campaigns, contact Mumford at 622-4150.