United Way ready to kick off fundraising 2009: Don8217t Impact

United Way ready to kick off fundraising

Some people don&8217t have to look far to see the impact the United Way has on the community.

Todd Morris only needs to look down the hallway at work. &8220Without kids getting fed, getting clothed, getting things taken care of,&8221 said Morris, principal at James Bickley Elementary in Clovis, &8220our kids can&8217t have a quality of life that is necessary.&8221 The group is getting set to start its kickoff for the fund-raising season, and has scheduled a pair of parties to coincide with high school football kickoffs. Greyhound Stadium will host the first party, with a 5-6 p.m. party Friday prior to Portales High&8217s game against Muleshoe. The party will shift to Leon Williams Stadium the same time next Friday for Clovis High&8217s game against Highland. The charity is looking to raise $580,000 over the last four months of 2009 &8212 $490,000 for Curry County and $90,000 for Roosevelt County. Erinn Burch, executive director for UWENM, said those fund-raising totals are in line with what the organization raised in 2007. With the economy in a downturn since 2008, Morris said it&8217s even more important to give. &8220The problems don&8217t go away for people in the community,&8221 Morris said. &8220We&8217ve got to understand we&8217ve still got to fund these agencies that help out our families in need every day.&8221

Burch said the Friday parties are basically low-pressure ways to give people information on the United Way, without immediately asking for funds &8212 and to use the football games to gain crowds without incurring expenses on the charitable organization.

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