We have started! Community volunteers have been picking up new items from an anonymous source weekly. Two to three pallets of items such as:
vanity bases, ceiling fans, various flooring, mail boxes, blinds,
interior/exterior doors, windows, screen doors, mirrors, shelves, bathtubs,
sinks, lighting fixtures, granite countertops, range vent hoods, faucets,
microwaves, shingles, roofing felt, light bulbs, to name a few.
All items will be distributed free of charge to our citizens.
WHAT WOULD BRYAN COUNTY DO WITHOUT UNITED WAY
Families Feeding Families, without UW, would not be able to offer additional assistance such as meal delivery (i.e. Women’s Crisis Center), emergency meals and additional assistance to the elderly.
Crisis Center, without UW, community support along with budget cuts and a weak economy many victims of domestic violence and their children could face the possibility of having to relocate outside our community or be forced to remain in a violent home and maybe lose their lives.
Meals On Wheels, without UW, 30 to 60 needy seniors would go without a nutritional meal everyday, with some, the only meal of the day. UW is our only funding source.
Red River Special Olympics, without UW, would cease to provide a better quality of life for over 200 mentally and physically challenged children by providing outdoor activities plus a chance to participate in the Special Olympic Winter and Summer games.
RSVP, without UW, elderly citizens all over Bryan County could not get to medical appointments, pharmacy or the grocery store. RSVP volunteers are reimbursed for transporting our senior citizens to these appointments; they also assist with filling out difficult medical forms.
Durant Ministerial Alliance, without UW, prescriptions needed by the less fortunate, a bus ticket for a family emergency, even gas vouchers for travelers passing through the county and a utility bill to keep heat on for a senior citizen.
Big Five Transportation Services, without UW, would have to reduce critical transportation services currently being provided for people going to work, medical treatment, shopping, education, job training and other daily vital needs.
Vietnam Veterans of America Post 986, without UW, would not be able to reimburse volunteers for transporting veterans to Bonham and Sherman, TX for medical and prescription needs.
Bryan County CASA, without UW, our recruiting and training volunteers would come to a stop, we could not take a single new case. CASA has advocated for over 2,000 children from our county.
Salvation Army, without UW, utility bills, gas and electric for the elderly and local citizens having difficulties with personal finances, would be turned off.
Bryan County Youth Services, without UW, Youth Services could not document community financial support for our Victims of Crime grant and would likely give up the counselor who works with the children.
Please help the eleven listed agencies by donating or volunteering
to the 2009 Bryan County United Way Campaign. Your help is needed!