Your Contribution Does Make A Difference

Chip-web1-150x150The United Way of the Coalfield is once again seeking donations through our annual campaign to make a difference in our community through the work of our “Community Partner Agencies”.

When you invest in United Way you are investing in your community, and YOUR contribution DOES make a difference.

This year we are asking our community to assist us in raising $500,000 through our annual campaign. We have made the decision to increase our campaign goal this aggressively because it is the amount presently needed to make a substantial “Difference” in the funding of our Community Partner Agencies to better assist them in creating opportunities and making a sustained difference within our community.

Your contribution makes a difference by helping provide funding for disaster response through the American Red Cross, so when disaster strikes you or your neighbors are not facing that disaster alone.

Your contribution makes a difference by helping Big Brothers Big Sisters continue to match children with positive adult role models and conduct school based mentoring programs.

Your contribution makes a difference by funding Family Advocacy parenting classes and their CASA program of Court Appointed Special Advocates so a child who has suffered abuse does not have to face their abuser alone.

Your contribution makes a difference through providing area children and youth development and leadership skills offered by Hopkins County 4-H.

Your contribution makes a difference by providing critical medical services to the working uninsured through the relief offered through the caring professional hands of the Hopkins County Community Clinic. 

Your contribution makes a difference in a child’s life by providing scholarships to cover a portion of their child care cost through the Hopkins County Family YMCA Kids’ Center which allows their mother to return to school and build her skills so she can build a better tomorrow for her and her children.

Your contribution makes a difference in the life of a home bound senior by providing home cooked meals delivered daily by the caring hands of PACS Home Delivery Meal Program.

Your contribution makes a difference by supporting two sheltered workshops providing rehabilitation and hope to those with special needs through the Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center and Trace Industries where it is not just the training and rehabilitation that is making a difference but also the social interaction with other adults showing they care.

Your contribution makes a difference by funding a program for retired senior citizens who want to continue giving back to the community through their time and skill by working in local human service agencies through the PACS Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

Your contribution makes a difference by ensuring individuals and families in crisis receive emergency assistance of food, utilities, medicine and other crucial needs through the helping hands of The Salvation Army programs.

Your contribution makes a difference to a man or woman that has suffered domestic violence by knowing there is someone to care, support, and shelter them and their children in time of crisis through Sanctuary.

By now I hope you have seen that YOUR contribution DOES make a difference to ensure that no one is left behind or forgotten in our community when you support the United Way. Our Community Partner Agencies assisted over 32,800 people in Hopkins and Muhlenberg Counties last year!

You can take comfort in knowing only 1% of the monies we raised in last year’s campaign went to support United Way national and state affiliation dues, 17% went to support the salaries of a two person staffed local office, 74% was distributed back into our Community through grants administered by our United Way. Hopefully you will see the money raised here stays here and administrative costs are held to a minimum so that donations can be put to use by the nonprofits in the community which they were raised.

Your contribution ensures a basic safety net remains in place for individuals and families in crisis, your contribution ensures that our local children and youth are nurtured, your contribution ensures health and wellness services are there for those who cannot afford it, your contribution ensures there is hope and opportunity for a better tomorrow.

And over the last 10 years through our local United Way campaigns over $3,600,000.00 has been given out to our Community Partner Agencies to ensure just that!

So today we invite you to become part of that change, knowing that YOUR contribution DOES make a difference! And your contribution makes a difference by staying in your local community. Because the money we raise here stays here working to improve the lives of those who live here.

Each of us can make a difference through our giving and united we can reach out a hand to one and influence the condition of all, but it all starts with one person, “YOU”.

For more information about all of the United Way’s programs, contributing, or to view our 2013 Campaign Video visit our website at www.unitedwayofthecoalfield.org , by calling 270-821-3170 or better yet just stop by for a visit at our office located at 1 South Main Street here in Madisonville and hear firsthand how your support can make a difference.

 

                  

 

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United Way Dollars Work To Change Lives

By: Chip Tate,      Executive Director, United Way of the Coalfield

 

The United Way of the Coalfield is once again in full campaign mode to raise the much needed monies to support our Community Partner Agencies.

As I was reflecting on composing this article, I thought back to 1979 when I was moving back to Madisonville to start a new job at a local bank. I remembered back to 1980 and how I began giving to the United Way Campaign through payroll deduction. Over the years I came to realize that the money I had donated was going to change the lives of people I had come in contact with each and every day, but the person it has changed the most was me. Through my giving each year to the United Way Campaign it has changed my life by allowing me to become part of the change in my community.

This year we are attempting to raise $500,000 in our annual campaign, this is a 25% increase over last year’s campaign. We have decided to increase our campaign goal this aggressively because it is the amount presently needed to fund our Community Partner Agencies at the level they feel is necessary to meet the needs within our community.

So today I am asking each and everyone to join with me in becoming part of that change. The United Way dollars you and I contribute work to change the lives of people we come in contact with each, and every day, our friends, our neighbors, and our fellow citizens.

In the course of a year our community partner agencies of the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Family Advocacy Center, Hopkins County 4-H, Hopkins County Community Clinic, Hopkins County Family YMCA, PACS – Meals on Wheels, Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center, Pennyroyal Mental Health – Trace Industries, PACS -Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Salvation Army, and Sanctuary touch the lives of thousands of individuals, children, families and seniors, inspiring hope and creating opportunities for a better tomorrow. All of this is made possible through your giving to the United Way.

It has been said that “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we GIVE!”

Through your giving, you are helping people that you come in contact with daily, people that without your support might not receive the crucial assistance they desperately need.

It may be a homebound senior you know that is only able to maintain their independence because of a hot meal provided and delivered daily by PACS – Meals on Wheels.

 

May be its an individual or family you have known in a crisis that has received food, clothing, medicine, and other crucial  assistance to get them back on their feet through the Salvation Army, or someone who has received medical services and treatment provided by the Hopkins County Community Clinic, who is working but cannot afford health insurance.

May be you know a child who has suffered abuse or neglect, and is being helped to prepare for a court proceeding through Family Advocacy’s CASA program of Court Appointed Special Advocates, or maybe it’s a child or youth whose life has been made better through the mentoring and development programs offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters and Hopkins County 4-H.

Maybe you know someone who has lost their home due to a fire or other natural disaster and the helping hands of the American Red Cross were there to support them in their time of loss.

You may know an adult who is mentally or physically challenged but through the work, and rehabilitation of the sheltered workshops offered by Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center and Trace Industries have found a place and are developing skills for a more fulfilling life.

Or it may be a working mother you know that could only enter the workforce or return to school because of a scholarship offered to help pay a portion of her child’s tuition for their care at the Hopkins County Family YMCA Kids’ Center or you may know a woman who has suffered domestic violence where a call to Sanctuary offered her and her children a safe shelter and the support services she needed.

Or may you know a senior citizen who is volunteering their time and talent in a local human service agency through the PACS Retired Senior Volunteer Program that is helping make life easier by their caring hands of support.

Day in and day out our Community Partner Agencies are working to create long lasting change in our community, and now I am sure you understand our campaign motto about why “It’s not about meeting a goal, it’s about meeting a need”, and as we have now started our campaign, the need has grown in our community and your continued support is more important now than ever before. Support that is needed to assist our Community Partner Agencies meet the challenge they are faced with daily to serve those individuals, children, families, and seniors in crisis.

I personally know of no other organization where the money you give stays local, meeting local needs, spread across 12 local Community Partner Agencies , administering 18 different local programs that reaches out to ensure that our children, families and seniors continue to receive much needed crucial services.

 

As I mentioned the money you give stays local, only 1% of our total campaign receipts from last year’s campaign went outside of our community to pay support dues to United Way Worldwide and United Way of Kentucky, with the remaining 99% of the money being spent locally to support a two member United Way staff and provide funding to help in supporting our 12 Community Partner Agencies.

So today I am inviting you to once again become part of that change by supporting your local United Way, where the money you give stays local, helping our friends, our neighbors, and our fellow citizens.

Each of us can make a difference through our giving and united we can reach out a hand to one and influence the condition of all, but it all starts with one person, “YOU”.

For more information about all of the United Way’s programs, contributing, or to view our 2012 Campaign Video that are now available at any time by visiting our website at www.unitedwayofthecoalfield.org , by calling our office at 270-821-3170 or better yet just stop by for a visit at our office located at 1 South Main Street here in Madisonville and hear firsthand how your support can make a difference.

 

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Our 2012 Campaign Video

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United Way puts your money to work in community

By: Chip Tate, Executive Director, United Way of the Coalfield

It’s that time of the year again where your local United Way of the Coalfield is in full campaign mode to raise the money needed to support our partner agencies.

As you have probably noticed from our campaign signs around town, this year’s campaign motto is “It’s not about meeting a goals, it’s about meeting a need”. I mention our motto because the “Need” has grown over the last few years and meeting that “Need” has presented a challenge to those organizations faced with serving those individuals, children, families and seniors in crisis.

The primary focus of the United Way and our partner agencies is in the area of health and human services. Our focus is and will continue to be on programs that strive to meet basic human necessities, increasing self-sufficiency, nurturing youth & children, promoting health & wellness and strengthening families. Continue reading

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“Campaign Kick-Off” Friday Night Live August 12th

There were balloons and watermelons and balloons and watermelons. Did I mention there were balloons and watermelons? The “Campaign Kick-Off” went well thanks to the good citizens of Madisonville-Hopkins County.

The “Watermelon Eating Contest” was well attended and everyone that participated received a United Way LIVE UNITED T-shirt and there were more watermelons there than all the contestants could eat thanks to David Brumfield of Brumfield Farms.

There were United Way balloons in the air and a gas grill was raffled off and fun for the family at our partner agency booths. It was a beautiful evening in downtown Madisonville for the final Friday Night Live event of the year and a big thank you goes out to all those involved that made the event a huge success. So everyone start working up an appetite for next year’s watermelon eating contest!

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