LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - In 1887, a Denver priest, two ministers and a rabbi recognized the need for cooperative action to address their city's welfare problems. Over 118 years later, United Way is still focused on mobilizing the caring power of communities and making a difference in people's lives.
In Angelina County, the United Way touches 23 local agencies, that in turn help thousands of local residents. In order to fund these agencies, the United Way holds a fundraiser each year. This year's goal is to raise $525,000. Campaign Chairman Jay Jackson was all smiles Friday when United Way staff and volunteers met at the barometer on the Lufkin Mall parking lot to paint the sign to reflect 46% of the goal has been raised.
Week 4 of the campaign has the fundraising effort showing $243,100 on the books. "That's a very good number for this point in the campaign," said a beaming Carla Hight, United Way Executive Director. "All the money raised in Angelina County stays in Angelina County."
Several campaign divisions have topped 100%. The Insurance Division, chaired by John Strain, once again this year has the honor of being the first to reach its division goal. This week the Insurance division total is 114%, or $10,239. Zavalla, chaired by David Flowers, is also sitting at the finish line this week having raised 107% of its goal and counting. Lufkin Independent School District, chaired by Johnny Giles, isn't far behind at 98%.
Other Division totals so far to date:
Industrial (27%), Diboll (43%), Large Employers (61%), General Solicitations (73%), Press (66%), Attorneys (53%), Huntington (12%), Lufkin State School (37%), Angelina College (40%), Dentists (89%), Hudson (48%), Realtors (55%), Automobiles (13%), Central/Pollok (77%).
The United Way staff and volunteers are hopeful that the community will follow its tradition and continue to give generously.