It’s time to help out neighbors in need

As the 2004 United Way campaign wraps up in the next two weeks, what matters most is your support. It is needed to achieve this year’s goal of $60,000.
Helping does not require individuals to give large amounts. Every penny, every dollar adds up. In Portales, pledges from Southwest Canners, Eastern New Mexico University, the Portales schools, PNM, Wells Fargo and others have been received and are appreciated. Even the high school students helped out, collecting $650 in change.
Through Monday, contributions totaled $29,882, just under 50 percent of the goal. Contributions are not yet in for many regular donors. The goal can still be met by the citizens of Roosevelt County stepping up to support their neighbors.
As the staff and clients of local non-profit organizations will tell you, United Way dollars make a critical difference in improving lives. While agencies receive other funds, United Way monies mean the difference in aiding a few more people a month, or buying equipment vital for a short-handed, overworked staff to do its work well.
The money raised this year will mean longtime United Way agencies will share allocations next year to run their programs that help the neediest among us in four critical areas:
• Literacy
• Feeding the hungry
• Improving neighborhoods
• Helping families overcome domestic violence
Some of you may already have given to or pledged support for several other important non-profit campaigns being conducted this fall. We applaud your generosity. Those efforts will fill important needs in Portales and Roosevelt County.
We ask that you open your hearts and wallets again and remember United Way’s many good deeds. United Way can’t allocate what is not sent in or pledged.
So if you haven’t made your pledge or donation, please contact United Way at 359-4455 today. Or see the ad today in the Portales News-Tribune that has a coupon. Just fill it out, clip it and send it in with your money to United Way, PO Box 231, Portales NM 88130. Or drop it off at the News-Tribune and we’ll take it there for you.
Know that every penny, every dollar you give pays to help our neighbors directly. You aren’t paying for office or staff and campaign costs. Companies and corporations have pledged their gifts to pay all those, so that 100 percent of individual donations go to help those who matter most: our neighbors in need.