United Way within hair’s breadth of goal

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

With a check for $880 and some change from the ALCO retail store, the United Way of Quay County nearly reached its $25,000 goal for 2007 on Tuesday, said Pat Sparks, secretary and treasurer.

“We’re just $339 shy,” Sparks said.

“We just hope there are more donations that will come in that will help us reach our goal,” she said.

Jeanne Benavidez of ALCO, which sponsors the Beautiful Baby Contest, gave United Way president Doyle Frasier a check that nearly put United Way at goal.

“(The check is) double what it was last year,” Frasier said, who also expressed thanks to ALCO for its support.

Funds from the annual contest held at ALCO are contributed to the United Way of Quay County.

Organizations that will receive funding in 2007 from United Way 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.

• Hartley House provides refuge for battered women and children.

• Helping Hands Hospice assists families and caregivers in caring for terminally ill persons.

• 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.

• Quay Council for Arts and Humanities 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 its 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.

• Salvation Army.

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.

To assist the United Way, checks can be made payable to United Way of Quay County, P.O. Drawer U, Tucumcari, NM, 88401.

For more information, call 403-8224.