Lubbock's United Way campaign is 99% on the way toward its goal. This year's goal is the highest ever, at more than $4 1/2-million. The majority of the money raised stays right here in Lubbock and is divided among 23 partner agencies. Agencies that help people get back on their feet. NewsChannel 11 spoke to Lena Scaff who says United Way made the difference in her family's life.
Lena Scaff is a Program Coordinator for the Early Learning Centers across Lubbock. It is a job that allows her to interact with children and help their families just like the United Way agency saved hers.
"United Way helped me get a job. It helped me find quality day care in a safe quality environment for my children. It has taught me CPR and first aid. It has supported my children emotionally by me getting support emotionally through counseling. It has gotten my girls a good start at being young ladies with Girl Scouts. It has helped my self esteem," said Lena Scaff, United Way recipient.
After going through a tough divorce, Lena who had been a stay at home mom, says she was left with no money, no job, and two small children. "The United Way definitely saved me and the girls."
Lena has worked her way from a toddler two teacher up to the Program Coordinator for all five centers. She is giving back daily to the program that gave her so much. "Through the job and the counseling and everybody being there and saying we'll help you get started. It gave me an I can attitude and so I'm a stronger person, I'm more determined and I set goals and I reach those goals because of what the United Way has done for me."
The United Way takes donations year round and they say every dollar helps, going to programs like the Early Learning Center and counseling centers to help people like Lena across the South Plains. If you would like to donate or for more information you can call United Way at 747-2711.