United Way community grants decrease

Freedom New Mexico

Feeling the effects of a slow economy, United Way of Eastern New Mexico is giving less this year because it’s getting less.

The charitable organization received $530,000 in pledges this year compared to $580,000 the previous year.

United Way is distributing $272,000 in grants this year to 18 agencies in eastern New Mexico, which is about $61,000 less than last year. The money will be distributed monthly, according to United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch.

The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is including three new agencies in its budget, according to an organization press release.

The rest of the money goes to donor-specified charities and internal programs such as the 211 telephone directory.

The agency usually plans for a 5 to 6 percent pledge loss but expects more this year because of the economy.

“We kind of bumped it up this year because we think with the economy, more people are going to be likely to have a little buyers remorse,” she said.

Grant recipients are selected yearly, she said. Agencies must submit grant proposals to the United Way every year.

Goodwill Industries, Life Choices Center and Special Olympics New Mexico are new additions to budget this year.

“ The Life Choice Center is a brand new organization and they’re looking to get started, Goodwill has been in the community a couple of years and just wanted to be part of United Way and one of our areas of focus is income or financial stability, and because they provide job training and job placement they definitely are a good fit for what we’re looking to promote and support,” she said.

This is the first time these agencies applied for grants, Birch said.

Goodwill Industries will receive $2,000 for its workforce development program; Life Choices Center will receive $4,000 for its pregnancy resources program; and the Special Olympics is receiving $4,200 to support the Clovis program.

Agencies receiving community grant funds:

Boy Scouts — $17,300

Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico — $71,125

Habitat for Humanity — $17, 240

Portales Meals on Wheels— $1,000

Roosevelt Literacy Council — $5,000

Hartley House Shelter for victims of domestic violence — $49,000

Youth opportunity Center — $8,000

American Red Cross — $6,135

Beacon of Light — $5,000

Clovis Meals on Wheels — $24,000

Family and Children Court Services — $7,000

Friends of Cannon Families — $2,000

Girls Scouts — $2,000

Goodwill Industries — $2,000

Life Choice Center — $4,000

Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center — $14,000

Special Olympics New Mexico— $4,200

Salvation Army — $33,000