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United Way funding helps several community programs, trying to reach $2 million g

By Jenna Rogers, Reporter, jrogers@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 16 2012 09:23:49 PM CST

Twenty non-profit agencies in 19 counties in West Central Texas depend on United Way for a portion of their funding.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Abilene receives five percent of its total budget from the organization.

"We do depend on it," said Tim Yendell, Regional Executive Director for the Abilene branch, said that money goes towards matching close to one thousand children with mentors each year.

"It helps a child be successful in their lives," said Yendell. "And that's why we need funding."

United Way's Campaign Director, Sandy Lowe, hopesĀ  the election year and theĀ  challenging economy won't keep them from reaching their main goal of two million dollars.

"There's a certain amount of uncertainty about how things are going to go," said Lowe. She's urging people in the community to remember how many people can be helped by raising the money.

"The funds go to help people with food everyday, with a place to live when they're homeless, with kiddos who don't have both parents in the home and need a mentor or who need a safe place after school. All of those services will be impacted if the funds aren't raised," said Lowe.