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United Way announces record year

June 15, 2005

The United Way of Hood River County announces a record level of funding to area organizations and agencies for 2005.

“Thanks to the generous support from this community, we were able to allocate $77,498 to 19 agencies this year,” stated Board President Paul Blackburn. “These dollars enable the receiving entities to concentrate efforts on providing needed services and supports, and hopefully less time trying to make ends meet.”

Many of this year’s recipients have historically received funds from United Way, including Hospice of the Gorge, American Red Cross and the Columbia Gorge Center, among others.

First time recipients include FISH Food Bank, Providence Community Caregivers Faith in Action and the Eastern Oregon Support Services Brokerage.

Allocations Committee Chair Becca Sanders said, “We think it’s important to provide significant project-oriented funding to these worthy recipients, and also to be mindful of emerging needs in the community. There were so many outstanding applications received. We always wish we had more funding to assist these organizations even more.”

Agencies receiving United Way allocations, with the amounts received, are: New Parent Services ($8,500), CASA ($6,300), First Book ($2,000), Columbia Gorge Center ($5,500), Big Brothers/Big Sisters ($4,000), Youth & Family Services ($5,500), Crisis Shelter ($1,000), Pioneer Potlatch ($5,500), Providence Community Caregivers Faith in Action ($2,500), Eastern Oregon Support Services Brokerage ($1,250), Hospice of the Gorge ($8,000), Nuestra Communidad Sana ($4,000), Girl Scouts ($2,500), CGCC Adult Literacy Program ($900), FISH Food Bank ($6,000), American Red Cross ($13,000), other designations ($1,048).

All recipient agencies are invited to the annual United Way Agency Social, at which time the checks will be presented. This year, the Social will be held on Thursday, July 7 at the Hospice of the Gorge facilities in Hood River.

“This is always a wonderful event,” offered United Way Executive Director Barbara Briggs. “It’s a chance for many of the service providers to meet the United Way Board members, and to give special recognition to the Agency Volunteer of the Year. We have so many caring people who give their time to enrich people’s lives; it’s heartwarming to be able to provide some small recognition in this way.”

Persons interested in making donations or becoming involved with United Way may contact Barbara Briggs at P.O. Box 2, Hood River, OR 97031, or phone (541) 490-3435, or e-mail: unitedway.hoodriver@charter.net

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