United Way pleased with local funds

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun

Informally, United Way of Quay County members are going into a summer break. Formally, the members are pleased with the way individuals and businesses in the county have supported them throughout the fund-raising effort.

As of Monday, the charitable organization reported that $23,470 in funds have come in — 94 percent of the way to its goal of $25,000.

“With pledges yet to come in, we will make the $25,000,” said Doyle Frasier, president of United Way of Quay County. “Pledges come in throughout the year. (But) if we don’t get any more pledges, we’re plenty satisfied.”

There is no particular cutoff date for the fund-raising, according to publicity chair Heather Duba. The campaign does, however, slow down over the summer months.

“If somebody wants to make a donation (they can at any time),” Duba said. “Informally, we take a break for the summer, so we end the campaign in May and resume in the fall.”

The main event the organization plans is an auction, to be hosted Oct. 16 in the lobby of Wells Fargo Bank in Tucumcari. The auction started many years ago, Frasier said, when an area merchant donated half a truckload of paint cans. The cans were auctioned off and the results were a pleasant surprise, Frasier said, so the United Way of Quay County focused its efforts in that direction.

“So far, the auction is our main event,” Duba said. “We’re looking at having some more different events, but that hasn’t gotten off the ground yet.”

The auction raises about a third of the goal, members said, and contributions from individuals and corporations make up the rest of the total.

There are 10 organizations that will receive funding through the United Way this year — St. Vincent de Paul, the Helping Hands Hospice, the Tucumcari Public Library, the Quay Council for the Arts and Humanities, the Salvation Army, Ministry of Hope, Tucumcari Home Health, Eastern Plains Community Action Agency, Oasis and the Hartley House.

Frasier said funds are given to nonprofit organizations with volunteer boards of directors, that can verify through tax filing that all of the money they receive from the United Way will be spent in Quay County.

When an organization can’t do those things, the United Way will try to help in other ways. The Girl Scouts of America cannot guarantee all donations will be redistributed to Quay County, so the United Way allows local Girl Scouts chapters to have a fund-raiser as part of the auction.

United Way of Quay County operates on a volunteer basis, with no member or officer compensated for time or efforts. Also, many local businesses donate office use for meetings and administrative duties.

Help United Way

To contribute: Send a check payable to United Way of Quay County to P.O. Drawer U in Tucumcari, 88401.

Information: Call 487-8224 or 461-1100.