United Way Fundraising money is sent to 23 agencies in Lubbock to help families or people that are in dire need of assistance. For instance, let us say you are a single mother who is raising four young children. Who takes care of them while you are working? It's a real life story that has been touched by the United Way.
Tonya Flores is a single mother raising four kids who are under 8-years-old. She relies on the Early Learning Center for affordable daycare while she works to make a living. "Since my first two were in daycare," said Tonya.
United Way has plans to allocate $390,000 to the Early Learning Center. It is 18% of the center's budget. That money is used to help pay for child care fees, so families like Tonya do not go broke paying for day care.
"So many people are earning what we consider less than the poverty level. How in God's name are the expected to pay for that?" asks Elise Davis, United Way Campaign Chairwoman.
Davis is concerned if goals are not met this year, then they can not give what is needed to its 23 Lubbock agencies. Early Learning Center Director Joanne Cotter says she is concerned. She runs five centers that help 300 families a day. "We're always worried about losing any kind of funding because we fight so hard to find the funding to help the families that come to our centers," said Cotter.
Tonya also works at the Early Learning Center. She see first hand how the Learning Center has helped people in the community.
The United Way will have a better idea of their goal tomorrow afternoon.. Meanwhile, if you want to make individual donations, you can find out how by calling (806) 747-2711.