United Way gets set for annual auction

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

The United Way of Quay County is gearing up for its annual auction on Monday.
On Tuesday, it had counted up 143 items which will be up for auction. The items range from a deluxe model lawnmower to loads of gravel in different grades to an autumn place setting for four, that includes the dinning room table and chairs.
The group got a major boost last week with a $2,500 check from the Union Pacific Foundation, which will help it meet its annual goal of $25,000, said Pat Sparks, secretary and treasurer.

The auction will begin at 5 p.m. Monday at Wells Fargo Bank.
Monday is Columbus Day, a holiday, but the bank will have regular business hours.
A few items are on exhibit at the bank now, and all those that can be on display will be available for inspection at the bank by 5 p.m. on Monday.

In 2006, the United Way of Quay County distributed $20,300 and assisted eight charitable organizations. These are:

• Eastern Plains Community Action Agency which puts its efforts toward reducing or eliminating poverty by assisting low-income people with rent, food, medical, etc. They also coordinate poverty related programs and assist people in crisis situations. United Way’s funds are used for direct services, such as vouchers for food, medicine, gas for travel (medical purposes), etc.

• Hartley House provides refuge for battered women and children, and prevents further abuse from domestic violence. United Ways funds are used for expenses incurred at the Tucumcari Shelter for Domestic Violence.

l Helping Hands Hospice assists families and caregivers in caring for terminally ill persons in their homes, regardless of their ability to pay. They used United Way funds to purchase professionally prepared booklets and pamphlets for patients concerning pain management, end-of-life questions, etc. This helps present a more professional image, influencing referrals.

• Ministry of Hope provides food, clothing, and household needs of our area, road bags for transients, motel rooms and bus tickets for stranded travelers and it used United Way’s fund to assist them in this mission.

• Oasis conducts forensic investigative interviews of abused children, and those who have been witness to the commission of a serious crime, in a safe, neutral environment. They use United Way funds in providing direct services of interviewing abused children who require a trained child abuse interviewer, conducting child abuse prevention programs in local elementary schools, and public awareness seminars on child abuse issues.
• Quay Council for Arts and Hum
anities uses its funds for school performances. In 2006, they sponsored West African drummers, dancers, and singers, and Japanese choreographed drums. This helps them in their mission to foster, encourage, and maintain participation and appreciation of the arts by sponsoring performing arts, visual arts and education programs.

• Saint Vincent de Paul provides money for the needy and uses it funds to help with food, utilities, gas, medications, motels, bus fare, auto repair.

• Tucumcari Home Health’s Lifeline Program provides an emergency response system to enable individuals to maintain independence and remain at home. When these units need to be replaced or there are no funds for monitoring units, home health uses its United Way allocation.