Standing United - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Standing United

Posted: Updated:

More than 800 people gathered Wednesday to kick off United Way's 2012 "We belong together" Campaign. Last year the United Way of Amarillo and Canyon raised more than $5 million, allowing them to help 41 non-profit organizations in the panhandle. This year they set a goal of $6 million.

United Way is setting its goal higher this year because the needs of panhandle families are higher than ever. Even though United Way had a record setting year last year the need for help continues to grow as well.

Campaign Co-Chair John Woolery says, "A lot of the non-profit agencies that normally receive funding from the federal government, those funds have gone away. They're relying more than ever on the United Way campaign here in Amarillo and Canyon to support many of those needs. That if we don't come forward. There's a lot of people that really won't get what they need." And the money is going toward organizations like the Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains.

Regional Development Director Alason Moorhead says, "We actually go into the middle schools. And I know that's a tough time for girls. But this funding allows us to build their courage, their confidence, and their character. And it allows them to have a mentor that they might not have in the household."

Guyon Saunders Resource Center tells us how the funds are making a difference in people's lives. Director Melanie Smoot says, "We had a young lady that was looking for assistance for tuition, and for books, and supplies to go back to school. Single mother, and you know. Just struggling to get by, going back to college and bettering herself. And we were able to assist her."

Smoot says they contribute to seven different agencies helping mentally disabled, homeless, and domestic violence victims. She says, "Recently, there was a young woman that was part of our day room. And she had been part of the dayroom for at least a couple of years. And we were able to connect her with employment opportunities. She now has housing. She now has a full-time position, and is very successful in what she's doing."

 

Here are some upcoming Events:

Youth Leadership Day, Amarillo Civic Center, Tuesday, October 9.

Canyon Nights Gala, First United Bank Center, Saturday, October 27.

2013 Toyota Scion FR-S, Tickets available at Toot'n Totum Stores.

 

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.

  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • Single car wreck kills one man

    Single car wreck kills one man

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:59 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:59:01 GMT
    One man is dead after a single car wreck on I-40.Police say Aaron Clay Crawford, 26, died after he was ejected from a vehicle Saturday afternoon.
    One man is dead after a single car wreck on I-40.Police say Aaron Clay Crawford, 26, died after he was ejected from a vehicle Saturday afternoon.
  • One dead after motorcycle wreck

    One dead after motorcycle wreck

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:58 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:58:14 GMT
    Around 3 p.m. Saturday, a man was pronounced dead after a wreck involving two motorcycles. Police say two men were traveling south on the Canyon E-way near the Hillside exit when one of the motorcycles stuck the back of a Toyota Camry. One male killed and the other motorcycle driver was taken to the hospital. Both the driver and the passenger in the Toyota were also taken to the hospital with minor injures.
    Around 3 p.m. Saturday, a man was pronounced dead after a wreck involving two motorcycles. Police say two men were traveling south on the Canyon E-way near the Hillside exit when one of the motorcycles stuck the back of a Toyota Camry. One male killed and the other motorcycle driver was taken to the hospital. Both the driver and the passenger in the Toyota were also taken to the hospital with minor injures.
  • Community helps support para-athletics in Amarillo

    Community helps support para-athletics in Amarillo

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:43:42 GMT
    Back in February we introduced you to Emilee Hibish, now a Senior at River Road High School. For years she was forced to sit on the side line watching her friends compete in sports because she was wheelchair bound. 
    Back in February we introduced you to Emilee Hibish, now a Senior at River Road High School. For years she was forced to sit on the side line watching her friends compete in sports because she was wheelchair bound.