United Way begins fund-raising campaign

It’s time to break out the thermometer. No, it’s not flu season; it’s United Way season.

Angelina County United Way began its 66th year with a goal of raising $475,000. Diboll has a $75,000 goal. Those goals are less than last year’s because of the changing corporate community.

Last year’s goal of $530,000 was surpassed, and the community raised more than $702,000.

The funds raised will be distributed to non-profit agencies that provide much-needed services to residents across Angelina County, including the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, Angelina Alliance For Children, Angelina Child Protective Services, Angelina County Senior Citizens Center, Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, CASA, Girl Scouts, Hospice in the Pines, Lufkin Adult Learning Center, Lufkin Workshop, Mc

Mullen Library, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Samaritan Center, Katherine Sage Temple Day Care, T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library, Family Crisis Center and Volunteer Service Council.

The division goals are: $204,000 from corporate, $75,000 from Diboll, $30,000 from financial, $25,000 from retail, $17,000 from government and public service, $20,000 from general solicitations, $35,000 from healthcare, $16,000 from Lufkin ISD, $8,000 from media, $8,000 from attorneys, $9,000 from insurance, $5,000 from Huntington, $5,000 from the Lufkin State Supported Living Center, $4,500 from Angelina College, $4,500 from dentists, $5,000 from Hudson, $2,500 from realtors, $1,000 from Central and Pollok and $500 from Zavalla.

To donate to the Angelina County United Way, call 936-632-3203. Diboll will begin updating its thermometer sign on Friday, Oct. 11.