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Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Articles, Locals | 0 comments

United Way Block Party Kicks Off Campaign

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The United Way is an amazing organization that improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. Improving education, promoting healthy lives, and helping people achieve financial stability are their core goals. On September 15th, 2012 the United Way of Lamar County brought the community together for a kickoff celebration of their 2013 Campaign. Live music from High Strung Bluegrass along with bounce houses hot dogs, popcorn, and snow cones had the kids bouncing off the walls! Our local emergency services were on hand to show everyone how much fun it is to be a local hero. A hilarious mud volleyball tournament was held to raise funds and attendants crowded into the RRVF Coliseum for a motivational speech from two professional football players. Keith Davis from the New York Giants & William Green from the Cleveland Browns signed autographs and put on a powerful show with a positive message. The guys spoke of changing the future and forgetting the past. Many of the organizations that partner with our local UW were at the Lamar County Fairgrounds educating and informing everyone about the wonderful services that they offer. The United Way is proud to partner with the following agencies and honored to fund the work they are doing in Lamar County:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Girl Scouts of North East Texas
  • Imagination Library of Lamar County
  • Lamar County Coalition of Education
  • Lamar County Literacy Council
  • NE Texas & SE Oklahoma Boy Scouts
  • Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Lamar County Child Welfare Board
  • The King’s Daughters & Sons
  • The Salvation Army
  • YWCA of Paris
  • CASA for Kids
  • Children’s Advocacy Center
  • East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
  • Innovative Enterprises
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
  • SAFE-T

The best part about the campaign kickoff is that the funds raised stay in Lamar County! It is events like these that bring us all together for the future of our community. Last year the United Way raised $514,000 and the goal for the 2013 Campaign is $535,000 all for human service’s needs.

The Lamar County United Way Mission Statement:
“To effectively generate, organize, and distribute resources to help meet our community’s evolving human needs, focusing on the areas of education, income, and health.”

If you would like to be a part of this miraculous endeavor please call 903-784-8712 or visit


Photos by Robbie Gunn



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