United Way exceeds 2013 campaign goal

January 28, 2014 • Local News

The United Way of Chaves County announced that it had exceeded its campaign goal of $525,000 at a luncheon Monday. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)

The United Way of Chaves County exceeded its 2013 campaign goal by raising $526,038, the organization reported at its luncheon Monday.

“I’m proud to be part of this community. Not only does it step up for the United Way, as it has now, but every time I’ve done anything for this community … every time I come up to you, you are always willing to help in some way,” [auth] said campaign co-chair Barbara Gomez. “So thank you Roswell for everything that you do.”

The 2013 campaign ran from Aug. 15 to Nov. 15, but donations were accepted after the campaign ended. Last year, the campaign raised $522,547. This year, the organization’s goal was to raise $525,000.

During the year, the organization allocated $365,524 to 22 agencies.

Some agencies that received funding included the American Red Cross, Assurance Home, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Club of Roswell, Chaves County CASA, Esperanza House and the Roswell Literacy Council.

Agencies must spend two years as United Way affiliates before applying for membership. Once an organization has achieved membership, it is eligible for United Way donations not earmarked for specific organizations.

Executive Director Sherry Mumford said roughly 80 percent of United Way funds are undesignated.

The 2013 campaign was supported by nine organizations that donated money to help cover the cost to run it. Those included Armstrong Energy Corp., Century Link, Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, KOBR, Lovelace Regional Hospital-Roswell, The Toles Company, Ritter & Company and Xcel Energy.

Outgoing President Clarissa Gonzales-Adams said she has learned so much about the community and the amazing people who volunteer and serve.

“It was a real eye-opener to serve as president,” Gonzales-Adams said. “I really appreciate everybody for everything you do out there, whether you’re volunteering, or pitching in or (giving) monetary donations. It’s really important to our community. It really makes our community stronger.”

During the luncheon, Robert Armstrong, president of the United Way of Chaves County Foundation, was awarded the Margie Boles Lifetime Achievement Award.

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