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Local United Way funds more than 30 groups

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The Roswell Homeless Coalition received the largest funding allocation in 2019 from the United Way of Chaves County.

Funding decisions were made in March by the United Way board of directors, and the coalition received $40,000 of the more than $256,000 distributed.

Sherry Mumford, United Way executive director, said that the coalition intended to use the funding to renovate its men’s shelter.

She said that the group received donations, pledges and in-kind contributions of about $414,745 from Sept. 11, 2018, to February 2019, but the organization makes funding decisions based on the assumptions that about 5% to 7% of pledges will not be collected for various reasons. About 25% of the funds raised are used to cover operational expenses, she said.

The following groups and agencies made applications for funding, with some also receiving donations as specified by donors. These include American Red Cross, $575; Assurance Home, $8,667; Big Brothers Big Sisters, $6,295; Boy Scouts, $2,371; Boys & Girls Club, $4,259; Chaves County CASA, $12,000; Chaves County JOY Centers, $20,080; Community Kitchen, $13,069; Down Syndrome Foundation, $3,123; Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, $566; Harvest Ministries, $13,828; Loaves and Fishes, $12,500; Midway Youth & Family Development, $2,174; Pregnancy Resource Center, $15,000; Reflections & Recovery $25,000; Roswell Homeless Coalition, $40,000; Roswell Literacy Council, $10,000; The Roswell Refuge, $22,000, The Salvation Army, $8,502; and Wings for LIFE, $12,000.

Other organizations and groups were designated by donors for funds. Those groups and their 2019 funding amounts are American Cancer Society, $156; Calvary Baptist Church, $854; Character Counts, $3,000; Charlie’s Angels, $1,500; Choices, $900; Early University Key Club, $1,500; Family Resource & Referral, $5,696; First Tee, $1,000; New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy, $4,000; Roswell High School Student Council, $1,500; Roswell Humane Society, $300; St. John’s Catholic Church, $2,500; St. Jude Children’s Hospital, $26; and Waymaker Church, $70.

In addition, the United Way has some of its own programs that it funds, the 2-1-1 community information phone line — which is expected to be run by the Chaves County Health Coalition in the near future — and the Women’s Project, which provides funding to local programs benefiting women and children. The 2-1-1 project received $7,500 in funding for 2019, while the Women’s Project received $10,788.

Mumford said the next fundraising period is expected to launch Sept. 10 with a goal of $500,000. The campaign chairs will be Caleb Grant, Jeff Weathers and Chad Holloway.

“I know that a lot of people are counting on these funds to receive the services they desperately need,” she said. “I feel extremely optimistic about the upcoming campaign.”