By Mike Frazier
President, TCUW Board of Directors
The Twin County United Way needs the communitys help.
Since, 1957, through the communitys generosity, TCUW has provided dozens of Twin County non-profit organizations millions of dollars.
Now we, like many we serve, have fallen on hard times. Without a substantial increase in donations, our long-term existence is doubtful.
Last year, TCUW fell more than 50 percent short of its $215,000 campaign goal. We had to cut by 25 percent contributions to the 26 agencies we serve, dipping into reserves to do so.
These agencies include two hospices, The Free Clinic, The Red Cross, volunteer fire and rescue squads, shelters for those facing family violence, a heating assistance program, scouting, community centers and more.
In some cases, individuals who have previously supported us are now seeking aid from agencies TCUW serves. I need not dwell on the relentless economic hardship that has gripped this region for the past several years.
What will it take to restore the TCUWs financial stability so it can add to its more than 50-year legacy of helping Twin County families and individuals in need?
This years fund-raising goal is $200,000. The campaign ends March 31, 2011. To date, were nearly 50 percent there, surpassing the percent of campaign goal we achieved last year.
The TCUW board has devised a simple formula that, with community help, will allow us to reach our goal.
If 4,000 area households where members are employed will give us $1 per week, we can reach $200,000.
Rest assured, the TCUW board and our lone staff member are not sitting back waiting for the community to shoulder this entire burden. Board members donate more than their time and talent to TCUW.
You may have seen TCUW representatives conducting payroll-deduction campaigns at local employers, and we have mailed thousands of letters requesting donations to area homes.
During Christmas, we held a fundraiser at the Rex Theater, showing the holiday favorite Its a Wonderful Life.
On Feb. 4, 2011 well hold our first Ground Hog Day Auction at the Galax Elks Lodge. We urge area businesses-and individualsto donate goods and services generously.
We also urge everyone to attend, and enjoy a free gourmet hot dog dinner, before you begin your enthusiastic bidding.
By March 31, we need to raise $220,000 to avoid dipping into reserves again. Our reserves are limited. They wont carry us much longer.
As I said, TCUW needs your help. Thank you.
Please direct donations to: Twin County United Way
P.O. Box 300
Galax, VA 24333