United Way Phone-A-Thon

An end of the year fundraiser begins Tuesday for The United Way.  The non-profit works to fund several programs in the community and now they are looking to you to help them meet their goal.

"The past few years have been difficult with the economy not just for families and businesses but also for non-profits," says Stephanie Gorham of the North Texas Area United Way.

Gorham says donations have come in slower over the past few years, sometimes making it more challenging for the non-profit to reach it goals.

"We want to continue our work and continue services to the people we have been helping and even help out more people, but we can't do that unless we have the generous support of donors from our community," she explains.

This week they will be giving the community a chance to help during a phone-a-thon that they hope will help them meet this years campaign goal.

"Our goal this year is $1.42 million and we need that goal to be able to provide 100 percent of the services," Gorham says.

Services like programs at the Boys and Girls Club, and The Kitchen, helping to feed seniors and one of the organizations largest projects, improving local child care.

Gorham says, "We have no nationally accredited child care centers in Wichita Falls expect for the base, which is not open to the public."

But a recent and on-going project funded by the United Way is making that a thing of the past.  A program has been put in place to help to bring more child care centers up to standards or national accreditation as Gorham explains.  Making it just one of the many reasons why the work at the United Way is so important to our community.

"This is our community and I just ask that we all stand together.  Stand united," says Gorham.

The phone-a-thon begins Tuesday, December 20th and last through Wednesday the 21st.  You can call and make a financial pledge by calling at (940) 322-8638.

Taelor Rian, Newschannel 6.