Posted by : September 28, 2013| On :
The Monitor Correspondent
ATHENS–A warm Hawaiian breeze drifted through the Athens Country Club Sept. 25 for the Henderson County United Way fundraiser kickoff. More than 140 guests received a pep talk from motivational author David Slaughter, who had high praise for the Henderson County branch, for the 90 percent of all donations received benefitting local charities. Only 10 percent of funds raised go toward administrative costs. Slaughter added, “When they asked me speak, they asked what my fee was and I said nothing. They said that works great with our budget!” Slaughter’s newest book is titled “Major Opportunities: the door is wide open.” He added that he donates a portion of all his book sales to charities.
The Henderson County United Way has set a goal of $185,000 for businesses and organizations attending the luncheon to fill through their fundraising efforts, among their employees and associates.
The theme this year is “No Kind Heart Lacks a Reward,” a wise saying among the ancient Hawaiians, which campaign chairman Tony Kalawe recited in Hawaiian for the audience to learn.
“A‘ohe lokomaika’i, i nele i ke pa na’i.” The message was not lost in the translation. Kalawe reminded guests the true importance of giving first, before asking co-workers and others to join in. “But we can have fun too,” he said. “All our events we have planned will have this same Hawaiian theme, it just adds some excitement to the campaign.”
The next planned event is set for Saturday, Oct.10. The Farmers Market in the city parking lot will include cheeseburgers, Hawaiian-style and authentic tropical shaved ice. It begins at noon and is sponsored by the Central Business Association.
This year, United Way has selected 21 local organizations to receive assistance, ranging from the American Red Cross to the East Texas Crisis Center, Meals on Wheels and an emergency fund to assist the elderly.
When a UW volunteer asks you to make a donation, ask to see the complete list of deserving charities, so you can designate where you would prefer your donation be sent.
Posted by : September 25, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members gathered at the Cedar Creek Country Club Sept. 20 to prepare for Make A Difference Day.
Several area organizations attended the luncheon to speak about what they need and how the community can help them.
“Make A Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 26, is a national day of community service. It is about neighbors helping neighbors,” Rotary member and Tri-County Ford owner Andrea Pickens said.
“One person can make a difference by doing small things like sending a card to someone who is ill, take a meal to a shut-in or participate in an ongoing project,” Pickens said.
Activities available for anyone to participate in on Make A Difference Day include food drives by local pantries, highway clean-up, toy drive, food for pets, tool closet, trash off and more.
“We accept pet food as well,” Mabank Good Samaritans president Bill Burnett said. “Many of our families say the pet food they receive is the only way they can keep their pets, especially the single and the elderly,” he added.
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake volunteers Leslie Casey and Cynthia Walter spoke to Rotarians about the shelter’s recent financial difficulties.
“We are working on long-term plans. We have 150 dogs at the shelter and 80 dogs in foster care right now,” Casey said.
Items on the shelter’s wish list include bleach, laundry soap, paper towels, dish soap, cat litter and pet food, heavy duty 40-gallon trash bags, fiber brooms, mops, blankets and towels. The shelter is also looking for a washer and dryer, riding lawn mower, office computer and monitor and a utility van for animal transport.
To help support the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake, go to www.hsccl.org.
Environmental Co-op representative Neli Spurrell asked for volunteers for the organization’s 15th annual Cedar Creek Lake Cleanup team from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
“The more people I have, the more road I can clean up,” Spurrell said.
To volunteer, call (972) 524-0007 or e-mail email@example.com.
Posted by : September 23, 2013| On :
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake raises $14,000 on its way to $25,000 needed by month’s end to avert a shutdown
By David Webb
The Monitor Correspondent
SEVEN POINTS–The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake has raised $14,000 since it launched an emergency fundraising campaign two weeks ago to avoid closing its doors.
The 30-year-old animal shelter kicked off the campaign Sept. 7, after advising supporters in an e-mail it had only enough money to stay open for three more weeks. Shelter officials attributed the financial crisis to declining donations and escalating costs to care for increasingly larger numbers of homeless animals.
“The shelter is in immediate need of $25,000 to operate,” volunteer organizer Leslie Casey said at a volunteer meeting at the Seven Points Dairy Queen Thursday, Sept. 19 that attracted 17 people. “The good news is we are more than half-way there.” The goal is to raise the money by Sept. 30.
Casey noted the emergency funding is only the first step in saving the shelter. Volunteers are helping the shelter with business advice, and a political liaison is working “behind the scenes” with Henderson and Kaufman Counties officials in an effort to obtain more funding.
Henderson and Kaufman counties now maintain contracts with the shelter providing annual payments of $13,000 and $75,000, respectively for the care of seized stray animals.
Casey said a recent “call to action” by shelter supporters had gained the attention of county judges and commissioners.
“They heard us,” Casey said. “I think some of them got a little angry with us and asked for the calls to stop.”
Casey said that in addition to the financial crisis, the shelter needs more members of the community to volunteer with tasks such as bathing and walking dogs, petting cats, transporting pets to rescue groups, grounds work, phone work, help at adoption and community outreach events and foster pet care. The volunteer meeting Thursday was the first of what will be monthly meetings for volunteers to socialize and share ideas, she said.
“We want to make it cool and fashionable to take care of animals,” Casey said.
She noted, it appears that there is some “emergency fatigue” in the community because the poor economy of the area caused in part by the low-lake level has created so many crises.
“We are trying to get to the point of stability at the shelter,” she said.
Longtime shelter volunteer Barb Hall told the audience of current and new volunteers that the task of caring for animals is rewarding. “It’s amazing what goes on there,” she said. “I’m not going to tell you it is all nice. I tell everyone you have to put up with a lot of crap.”
Hall said it is sometimes difficult to deal with the people who are not animal lovers and just want to get rid of pets. The shelter is also working with Friends of the Animals, which is a low-cost spay neuter group, to help reduce the burgeoning homeless animal population.
Casey said whether someone is an animal lover or not, everyone should be concerned about the fate of the shelter. “The community needs a shelter in close proximity to take care of all the animals that are left at businesses and in our yards.”
Casey said shelter officials and volunteers plan now to concentrate on “holding our heads high and moving forward.”
Numerous adoption and fundraising events are planned in connection with businesses and community celebrations to raise money and adopt out animals. Visit hsccl.org/ and www.facebook .com/pages/Humane-Society-of-Cedar-Creek-Lake/155194581183469 for more.
To contribute to the emergency fund visit www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/hsccl-in-danger-of-closing-putting-animals-in-jeopardy-/86100.
Mail checks to Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake, P.O. Box 43531, Seven Points, TX 75143.
To volunteer, e-mail Casey at lesliecasey @gmail.com. Call (903) 432-3422 to reach the shelter.