AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - On Tuesday, over 30 local non-profits found out how much funding its programs will receive from United Way of Amarillo and Canyon.
The 2018 annual campaign funding is possible from the generous donors in the community. United Way will be dividing $2,252,014 between over 30 non-profits.
“It all adds up to this past year, over $4 million, and that allows us to then take this money to our community volunteers who get together and they divide up that amount with these local partners,” said Katie Noffskerr, executive director at United Way of Amarillo and Canyon.
Once local non-profits apply for funding, more than 50 United Way volunteers get a hands-on experience to help determine how much money that specific organization needs.
“Our volunteers go to these locations, they visit with the program director, they see some of the volunteers, maybe the recipients of our funding, ask questions they look through their financial statements and they really get a sense of what these programs are doing,” said Noffsker.
This gives the volunteers an opportunity to share their experience with the United Way income council.
“I know particularly some of the citizens impacted by this," said Cecil Glover, member of the income council at United Way of Amarillo and Canyon. "I’ve been out with some visits with one of the programs, delivering food to people who do not have the ability to get food. It makes a tremendous difference in their lives.”
According to the American Red Cross of the Texas Panhandle, the United Way partnership goes far beyond financial assistance.
“Being able to partner with organizations but through the United Way, all of us non-profits get to come together and make our community stronger," said Kiley Murray, executive director for the American Red Cross of the Texas Panhandle. "So, the relationship is vital. It is not just a financial thing, it is a complete relationship thing.”
Many local programs rely on the United Way to provide financial assistance and say that anything helps.
For a list of United Way of Amarillo and Canyon impact partners, click here.