Rim Country United Way is kicking off its annual campaign to raise money for 11 local agencies the organization helps to support.
The organization, which has distributed $145,350 since its inception in 1987, has set a goal of $30,000 for this campaign. Last year, $18,550 was distributed to nonprofit partner agencies.
"When you support the Rim Country United Way, you become part of a coordinated, community-wide effort to identify critical human care issues and provide the kind of solutions that touch lives and change community conditions," Kathy Browning, regional representative, said.
Partner agencies supported by Rim Country United Way include:
Library Friends of Payson
United Way contributions provide assistance to the Payson Public Library in purchasing books, equipment, services and in encouraging individuals to volunteer at the library.
Payson Area Habitat for Humanity
Contributions help to build homes for the deserving poor who are precluded from purchasing decent housing because they cannot qualify financially.
Rim Country Volunteers
Contributions help establish a registry of volunteers and provide an avenue to link these volunteers to organizations and other Rim country entities which are in need of assistance.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gila County
Contributions help to provide quality adult mentors who serve as positive role models for children ages 6 to 14 who are primarily from single parent homes.
Rim Country Literacy Program
Contributions fund this educational, nonprofit, volunteer organization that provides free instruction in reading, writing and speaking English so recipients can participate more fully in society.
Arizona Special Olympics
Contributions help the Payson chapter which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in Olympic-type sports to mentally retarded children and adults.
Grand Canyon Council - Boy Scouts of America
Contributions help fund Payson Boy Scout troops which in turn help participating young people develop a sense of self-worth, community responsibility, healthy values and leadership.
Rim Guidance Center (Southwest Behavioral Services)
Contributions help fund outpatient evaluation and treatment programs, consultation, education and prevention services for mental health, alcohol and drug abuse and domestic violence.
Payson Multipurpose Senior Center
Contributions fund assistance in providing meals for the house bound, transportation to shopping and medical appointments and guidance in legal and governmental situations.
Payson Helping Payson
Contributions provide temporary assistance to Rim country families that are homeless, about to become homeless, or that are about to have utility services discontinued.
Time Out Shelter
Contributions assist in providing a safe environment and shelter, consultation, support services and rehabilitation for victims of domestic violence and their children in times of crisis.
Your donation will be allocated to the 11 agencies, or, if you prefer, you can specify how your donation is to be allocated.
Rim country residents who don't participate through their employers can contribute to Rim Country United Way by calling Browning at 478-4542 or online via www.vsuw.org. Go to "Donate Online" and enter Rim Country United Way and any special allocation instructions in the message field.
Employers interested in setting up a payroll deduction program should also call Browning.
Communities served by Rim Country United Way include Payson, Pine/Strawberry, Christopher Creek, Kohl's Ranch, Tonto Basin, Punkin Center, Rye and the Roosevelt area. Because Rim Country United Way is an all-volunteer organization, 99 cents of every dollar is returned to the community.