The United Way of Chaves County announced Wednesday the allocations for its 2018 giving campaign.
The organization pledged close to $300,000 to local nonprofits focused on funding specific projects to help funded agencies better serve their clients.
“The United Way of Chaves County is committed to supporting agencies that serve the people of Southeast New Mexico,” said Christopher Palmer, president of United Way of Chaves County.
“We are proud that our financial support has such a far-reaching and lasting impact on our area,” he added.
The 18 charitable organizations to receive funding in 2018 include The Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Blanca, which operates the Boys & Girls Club of Roswell, who requested financial support to replace a van used to transport children from local schools to their club.
The United Way also supported the Community Kitchen, a first-time recipient of United Way funding. The Community Kitchen serves meals to more than 100 people every day of the week. The United Way funding provides the Community Kitchen a fully operational kitchen with a commercial stove and two commercial refrigerators for its new location at 114 E. Bland St. in Roswell.
“We provide meals to anyone who is hungry and our community is a better place when no one is hungry,” said Bill Cooper, board president of the Community Kitchen. “We are incredibly excited to receive this support from United Way of Chaves County so that we can continue to provide the only hot, balanced meal some people get each day.”
Loaves and Fishes, an organization that provides basic nutrition to low-income families, received funding for a commercial walk-in refrigerator to strengthen its ability to provide food to families in need. Loaves and Fishes is located in Hagerman.
In addition, United Way provided funding to the Southeastern New Mexico Down Syndrome Foundation to improve the sanitary conditions of its local office.
The other organizations supported by United Way in 2018 are The American Red Cross, Assurance Home, Big Brothers Big Sister of Southeastern New Mexico, Boy Scouts, Chaves County CASA Program, Chaves County JOY Centers, Family Resource and Referral, Girl Scouts, Harvest Ministries, Midway Youth and Family Development Center, Roswell Literacy Council, Roswell Refuge, The Salvation Army and Wings for LIFE.
For more information, call Sherry Mumford, executive director, at 575-622-4150.