United Way hosted its annual kick off September 14, 2017 to start off the campaign season because they have several programs that they support. United way of Greater Texarkana is a local non-profit that strives to bring about the common good in the Greater Texarkana area. Their main goal is to raise funds so they can help meet needs in the community. They help support not only the Texarkana area but also 9 other counties in surrounding areas.
“We support programs that deal with three major issues, health, education, and financial well-being,” said Mark Bledsoe, President and CEO of United Way.
This day is an opening ceremony for all the volunteers in which they receive their instruction packets so they can get started with their fundraising ventures to help better the community.
Some of the programs they help support include: The Literacy Council, The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Texarkana, Randy Sam’s, Community Healthcare, Opportunities Inc. , Domestic Violence prevention, and Runnin’ WJ Ranch. These are just a few of the organizations that United Way helps to support.
“We’re looking for long-term solutions, not short-term fixes and we weigh every situation to make sure every dollar goes it’s furthest,” said Bledsoe.
United Way will also be hosting Battle on The Border and Chili Cook-off at Spring Lake Park, Saturday October 7, from 12-8 P.M. All of the proceeds collected at the event will be benefitting the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The plan to give each child one book a month until the age of five.
“Our Goal is to get a book into every newborn’s hand in the Miller and Bowie County area,” Said Bledsoe “and we can’t do it alone.”
There will also be a Battle of the Bands competition, a Dolly Parton look-a-like contest at the event and will also feature a beer and wine garden. Tickets for this event went on sale starting September 5, but can still be purchased through the United Way office.
For more information you can visit www.texarkanaunitedway.org or give them a call at (903) 794-3105.