Kilgore United Fund volunteers got the ball rolling on their 2018 campaign Tuesday, and they’re reaching out to local charities to make a pitch for funding from this year’s drive.
No fundraising goal has been set yet. The fundraising collective is inviting nonprofits – whose efforts impact Kilgore residents – to request an application and submit their group for an allocation from this year’s proceeds.
“I’m just excited to hit the ground-running and start trying to raise money for these nonprofits,” said Jessica Holmes, United Fund co-president alongside Charles Robinson.
The effort missed 2017’s $80,000 fundraising goal but netted $60,000, distributed between 11 nonprofits at work in Kilgore. Those beneficiaries included Because I Care, Boys & Girls Club of Rusk County – Kilgore Unit, East Texas Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, East Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates, East Texas Literacy Council, East Texas Treatment Center, Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hands of Kilgore, Friends of Partners in Prevention and Parenting Resource Center.
United Fund’s annual Pacesetter Kick-off Luncheon is set for Friday, Sept. 28, and the volunteers are planning a ‘Trivia in the Texan’ fundraiser Nov. 3.
Commitment cards will soon be available from the campaign’s. By filling out one of the pledges, local donors – whether an individual, business and another organization – can sign-up for regular donations via cash, check or a monthly payroll donation beginning as early as September and continuing through the coming year.
For more information about the 2018 campaign, contact Merlyn Holmes at 903-736-4265 or Jessica Holmes at 903-984-0115.
– By JAMES DRAPER