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United Way launches annual campaign for 2018

August 23, 2018 | Source: KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock Area United Way celebrated the beginning of its 2018 Annual Campaign today with a luncheon at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Campaign Chair Doug Hensley announced this year’s goal of $5,935,151. More than 800 volunteers and supporters attended the event.

Hensley issued a challenge to the audience, saying, “United Way is refocusing its efforts to address some of the most pressing issues in our community – education, child abuse, sex trafficking, and mental health… These are not things we address alone. These are things we must address together as a community.”

Keynote speaker Mayor Dan Pope, echoed Hensley’s challenge, stating, “We are neighbors.  We want the best for our kids – whether they have our name or not.  We are Lubbock.  We need to be experts in the HOPE business.”

Money raised during the Annual Campaign is invested in the Lubbock area through United Way’s Community Partners. These agencies work year-round to address issues in the community by making positive changes in people’s lives.

Lubbock Association of Realtors President Jacky Howard announced that Lubbock realtors kicked off their campaign early and to date have raised $81,078.

JumpStart Division Chair Matt Ernst announced the results of eight local businesses that ran their United Way workplace campaigns prior to the beginning of the campaign.

JumpStart Company Results:

Primitive Social                       $ 7,382
Kinetico of West Texas           $ 9,154
NTS Communications              $ 15,124
Citibus                                     $ 56,000
PlainsCapital Bank                  $ 85,853
City Bank                                 $ 120,000
United Supermarkets              $ 371,509
Covenant Health                     $ 446,006

The Real Estate and JumpStart Divisions combined total is $1,192,106, representing 20% of the overall goal raised prior to the official start of the campaign.

United Way’s Mid-Campaign Report Luncheon will take place in the Civic Center Banquet Hall on October 18th and the campaign will wrap up with a Victory Report Luncheon on November 27th. There is no charge to attend either event. Seating can be reserved now by sending an email to mailto:events@unitedway-lubbock.org or calling 806.747.2711.

Lubbock Area United Way funds programs at 23 local Community Partner Agencies. These programs work daily to assist people in Lubbock and surrounding communities with needs such as affordable quality child care, parenting education, crisis situations, adult literacy, job training, and youth mentoring.  A complete list of the Community Partners and the services they provide can be found online at www.liveunitedlubbock.org.

United Way Community Partners:

American Red Cross Serving the South Plains
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock
Boy Scouts of America, South Plains Council
Boys & Girls Clubs of Lubbock
CASA of the South Plains
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Lubbock
Children’s Advocacy Center of the South Plains
Communities In Schools on the South Plains
Early Learning Centers of Lubbock
Family Counseling Services
Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains
Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas
Guadalupe-Parkway Neighborhood Centers
Legal Aid Society of Lubbock
Literacy Lubbock
Lubbock Children’s Health Clinic
The Parenting Cottage
The Salvation Army
Upbring, The New Lutheran Social Services
Voice of Hope
Volunteer Center of Lubbock
Women’s Protective Services
YWCA of Lubbock

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