Non-profit organizations are committed to service for the area they serve and the people they answer to. If you are looking for places to donate to this season, Texoma has many organizations worth exploring.
United Way of Grayson County
Established in 1942, the Grayson County chapter of the national organization United Way is proud to be a community-driven, local organization that serves 18 agencies and 30 programs.
“We don’t decide where the money goes at all, it’s completely community-driven,” says Communications Director Stephanie Chandler. “In those agencies, we fund specific programs. With Home Hospice, one of the programs we help fund is Camp Dragonfly for kids who have experienced loss that they do every year.”
Even though this organization is large, the funds raised stay local and go directly to local agencies. Every month the organization writes checks, and roughly $78,000 goes directly to the agencies.
“Last year, we raised one million dollars, which is why we were able to donate so much,” Chandler explains.
Every six months, every agency that they donate to has to give an outcome report, which describes how they are spending their money, how many people are they able to serve with our money, if they meet their outcomes for that time period and tells about their success stories.
“In those stories, we get incredible feedback,” Chandler says. United Way publishes accountability reports to its website annually.
There are only two paid positions at the local organization, and donors come from all over Grayson County to contribute to United Way. There is also a board of directors who manage operations in the community who don’t get paid.
“My favorite thing is that people can give directly to one agency through United Way, which people do,” Chandler says.
United Way of Grayson County community partners include the American Red Cross; the Boys & Girls clubs of Sherman and Denison; CASA of Grayson County; the Child and Family Guidance Center of Texoma; Four Rivers Outreach; Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas; Goodwill Industries of North Texas; Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center; the Grayson County Shelter; Grayson Crisis Center; Greater Texoma Health Clinic; Habitat of Humanity of Grayson County; Home Hospice of Grayson, Fannin and Cooke Counties; Meals on Wheels of Texoma; The Rehabilitation Center; and The Salvation Army.
For more information, visit http://www.UnitedWayGrayson.org.
Meals on Wheels of Texoma
Meals on Wheels is another non-profit organization that is making its mark on the North Texas and Southern Oklahoma regions. The organization has been feeding residents of Grayson County who are at least 60 years old and cannot feed themselves for 25 years.
Meals on Wheels uses 95 percent of their donations for food and to feed the people they serve in the Cooke and Grayson county areas.
“We offer two programs called the congregate meal program, which is for anyone aged 60 or older,” Executive Director Greg Pittman says. “They can join any one of our 15 senior centers and eat free with us while mingling with other like-minded, active senior citizens.”
The second option is the one that more people are aware of. It requires volunteer drivers and helpers willing to go into the community and be the face of the organization.
“Home delivery meal program is intended more for individuals for whom the luxury of getting out and about is not a reality,” says Pittman of why the work of the organization is important.
Meals on Wheels of North Texas has several ways they are funded, and a few of those ways are from the federal government. However, Pittman said that since federal funding tends to take a long time, Meals on Wheels primarily uses donations from Texas Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.
For more information on how to give to the organization, visit http://www.mowot.org.
Women Rock, Inc.
Women Rock, Inc. proudly serves low-income and uninsured women in Grayson and Cooke counties who need mammograms, biopsies and ultrasounds.
“Majority of the people we help don’t have insurances,” Becca Boss, a seven-year breast cancer survivor who is an employee of the Sherman-based organization says. “If they do have insurance, breast care isn’t covered.”
Women Rock’s annual fundraising event, “Bras for a Cause,” brought in more than $150,000 last year, and more than $160,000 was brought in at the event the year before. Voted as the Best of Texoma best charity event for 2018, “Bras for a Cause” sells out every year and honors survivors and recognizes individuals who have died from the disease.
This year’s event was held Oct. 27 at North Texas Regional Airport in Denison.
Women Rock appreciates donations for many reasons.
“One in eight people come down with breast cancer, and a lot of those people don’t have insurance,” said Boss. “It helps if we can get people to donate to Women Rock so we can help people save their lives.”
The organization doesn’t have donors, they simply earn their money by donations of the public or filing for different grants.
For more information, visit http://www.WomenRockInc.org