United Way fundraising under way
By Dawn Burleigh
First Financial Bank hosted the annual United Way Kickoff Breakfast on Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church.
The event held for industry management, campaign chairs and members of the United Way Board of Directors, executive directors and board president starts the fundraising for the organization.
Campfire provided the food for the event.
With approximately 90 persons in attendance, Campaign Chair Steve Aguilera shared stories of agencies who ‘Choose to Care’, the theme for this years campaign.
United Way of Orange County, Texas has already raised 20-percent of the $800,000 goal for this year.
During 2015, local United Way agencies provided over 34,000 service contacts for individuals in Orange County.
Services/Agencies funded by the United Way of Orange County, Texas:
Anayat House Salvation Army
Boy Scouts of America Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club
Boy’s Haven Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Texas
Camp Fire USA Shorkey Education & Rehabilitation Center of SETX
Friends Helping Friends Southeast Texas Hospice, Inc.
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Spindletop MHMR / Tejas Centre
GOALS (Great Orange Area Literacy Service)
Unity Treatment Center
Habitat for Humanity
Vidor Children’s Fund
Orange Community Action Association
Family Services Woman & Children’s Shelter
MCA of Southeast Texas
Rape & Suicide Crisis of SETX
Right Choice of Orange County
Keith Brice, service director at Granger Chevrolet, announced the 3rd Annual Granger Chevrolet 5K Walk/Run to benefit the United Way of Orange County, Texas. The event raised over $14,000 for the organization. The run will take place at 8 a.m. Sat. Oct. 15.
Report Luncheons for Campaign Chairs for United Way will start at noon Friday, Sept. 30 and continue every Friday in October at the Salvation Army.
A training session for new campaign chairs will be held at 10 a.m. Wed. Sept. 7 at the United Way office located at 1506 West Park Ave. in Orange.