United Way campaign extends past deadline

By Tony Parra

Roosevelt County United Way board members are still working on this year’s fund-raising campaign, according to a press release from Erinn Burch, executive director of Curry and Roosevelt County United Way branches.
Burch reported the RCUW has raised $44,984, about 75 percent of the goal of $60,000. RCUW had collected $34,019 in donations and pledges as of Dec. 10. The campaign was originally set to run through Dec. 17.
Money raised helps the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, CASA/FCCS, Community Service Center, Girl Scouts, Life Saver Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, the Hartley House-Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, Meals on Wheels, Ministerial Alliance and the Roosevelt County Literacy Council.
Pam O’Malley, Community Services Center executive director, said last year the CSC received $22,411 from the RCUW. O’Malley said CSC representatives use the money they receive from the RCUW to make up for the lack of funding from state and federal funding for certain services offered by CSC. O’Malley said CSC receives the $22,411 in partial payments throughout the year.
CSC services include adult day care, homecare, senior companions, senior volunteers, Portales Area Transit and home-delivery meals.
O’Malley said the CSC delivers 70 meals a day to Roosevelt County residents who are homebound every day for five days a week. O’Malley said it also serves meals five days a week for seniors at the meal site.
RCUW will have another update on the goal status on Jan. 10, according to the press release. The final tally of $60,600, short of the $70,000 goal, was raised in the 2003 campaign.
Part of the campaign was a contest to choose a donor who gave through payroll deduction before Dec. 17. The winner of the $500 gift card was Claudia Molina of Portales Schools, according to the press release.
United Way representatives could not be reached for further comment.