United Way looking for help to meet goal

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico

The United Way of Eastern New Mexico needs the community’s help to reach this year’s campaign goal of $565,000.

The campaign is $73,000 short of its goal and the drive ends Friday, said Christina Martinez, assistant director for the United Way. Of that money, about $61,000 is designated for helping organizations in Curry County and about $12,000 in Roosevelt County.

“Donors who haven’t donated, please turn in your packets if you have them,” Martinez said.
The 2008 campaign began in August.

Some of the organizations that benefit from the United Way include Zia Service Center of the American Red Cross, Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, the Salvation Army, Curry County Literacy Council and Habitat for Humanity.

Capt. Tammy Ray of the Salvation Army said the United Way funds help her organization provide things such as gas vouchers for doctor appointments, hotel rooms for people in crisis and bus tickets. The Salvation Army also has limited funds for rental and utility assistance.

United Way funds also help the Salvation Army pay its family services coordinator, who processes requests for assistance, Ray said.

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