The executive board of Tillamook County United Way approved allocations totaling $35,000 last week during their annual meeting to 11 local nonprofit organizations.
By Joe Warren
The funds were raised locally throughout the campaign that lasts all year with a major focus from October through December.
“We closed out this year’s campaign with $45,000 raised of our $50,000 goal,” incoming executive board treasurer Erin Skaar said during her campaign update speech. “For our efforts that was pretty good.”
Along with raising funds this campaign, the board refocused its efforts internally while revamping marketing and visibility efforts.
“We retooled the campaign and refocused the efforts this year, like creating the advisory committees,” said incoming campaign president Melody Ayers. “For this size of agency and with our focus this year we did well, we did a lot of things this year that showed promise.” Ayres will replace outgoing campaign president Carol Hungerford who held the post for the past two campaign years.
“My job has been made much easier working with this board,” Hungerford said. “This team has done good work but it’s time to get some new energy onboard.”
Hungerford announced the new executive board: Ayres-President; Chandra Allen, Vice President; Melissa Carlson-Swanson, Secretary; Skaar, Treasurer; Bill Bartlein and Eva Manderson were also announced as new board members for the 2016 campaign.
Hungerford also handed out two awards this year, one to outgoing executive board member Ron Rush who received the Carl Benscheidt award. The award is given to a person who embodies the community spirit of giving to their community. Skaar was given the Campaigner of the Year award for all the time and energy she donated to the success of the annual fundraising campaign.
Donations through TCUW impact the work of 11 different agencies working to help people of all ages throughout Tillamook County. TCUW does the due diligence of certifying member agencies through an application review process as well as allocating general funds. People, businesses and foundations that donate through TCUW can know that their dollars are being used as wisely as possible throughout Tillamook County. It is estimated that the agencies receiving TCUW funding provide vital services that touch the lives of 16,000 Tillamook County residents each year.
This year’s allocations for 2016
CASA – $2,400
Funds to be used for training costs for additional advocates. Each Trained advocates serves a minimum of 15 children and family members.
Tillamook Early Learning Center – $3,400
Funds to be used as scholarships to families, to help bridge the funding gap between DHS, employment related day care reimbursement and TELC program rates.
Faith in Action – $1,800
Funds will be used to support the program, which provides volunteers who provide in-home services and staff Wellspring, an adult respite care facility.
Healthy Families of Tillamook County (CARE program) $3,400
Funds to be used for staff training as well as provide financial assistance to families for items that might fall outside their budge (safety gates, gas vouchers, appointment co-pays, etc.) This funds will help meet the 25% required match to receive State funds.
Tillamook County Community Action Resource Enterprise (CARE) – $5,500
Funds to be used to support Emergency and Homeless Services Program. This program provides emergency financial support for items such as bus or gas vouchers, prescriptions, utility bills, rental assistance and medical co-pays.
Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center – $6,200
Funds to be used to support the Center’s 24 hour crisis line, as well as emergency assistance for Center clients.
Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office Chaplains – $2,200
Funds to be used for additional chaplain training, as well as support citizens who are served by these chaplains. These citizens are in crisis and often need meals, gas or lodging.
Community Action Teams, Tillamook Head Start Center – $1,500
These funds will be used to purchase books for children served by the Center, as well as provide warm outer wear for those children who need assistant.
Marie Mills $1,000
Funds will be used to support the recreational programs offered to the clients served by Marie Mills.
Tillamook Food Pantry -$3,800
Funds to be used to purchase food from the regional food bank, to be distributed by Food Panty volunteers.
Meals for Seniors – $3,800
Funds to be used to purchase food for distribution as well as the necessary containers for delivery of food.
About Tillamook County United Way
Incorporated in 1976, Tillamook County United Way is operated by an all-local, all-volunteer board for the purpose of raising funds to support the needs of citizens of Tillamook County. Donations support kids, families, seniors and people in crisis around Tillamook County through local charitable organizations. Visit the Tillamook County United Way online: www.tillamookcountyunitedway.org; and at Facebook.com/TillamookCountyUnitedWay.