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Frequently Asked Questions

How does United Way help my community?

United Way's fundraising efforts support non-profit organizations that help people from all walks of life. The variety of the non-profits supported by the United Way of Henderson County  reflects the diversity of the our  residents. Chances are that you, a family member, a friend, or a neighbor has benefited from programs that receive funding from the United Way campaign. 

What makes the United Way unique?

The Henderson County United Way consists of a far-reaching network of many agencies that assist people in your community - your neighbors, friends, and family. Our time-tested experience in working with local non-profits allows us to raise money for many initiatives simultaneously.

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How do non-profits benefit from United Way affiliation?

First, our non-profit partners can take advantage of United Way's consolidated fundraising efforts, which give them a dependable source of annual funding and improve their operational efficiency.
Second, their United Way affiliation raises their visibility in the private and public sectors, improving their chances to win grants and other vital financial support. 

How do non-profits become affiliated with United Way?

Each year, organizations must apply to be promoted in our campaign, and, in keeping with United Way's high standards of integrity and accountability, must meet strict criteria for approval, including:

  • Observe and practice a policy of non-discrimination in all programs and services
  • Have an active governing body
  • Prepare an annual report to the public
  • Receive at least 80% or more of its total support from sources other than the federal government
  • Have a substantial presence in Henderson County

Why give to United Way and not give directly to an individual non-profit?

There are two key reasons to give to United Way rather than directly to a non-profit.

First, United Way's annual campaign efforts give area non-profits a reliable source of funding. Instead of allocating precious and scarce resources to solicit individual contributions, these organizations can count on United Way to cost-effectively promote and administer a single campaign that raises money for many causes at once. While our non-profit partners may have additional sources of income - such as foundation grants, events, and government assistance - United Way donations provide the crucial funds for their services and programs.

Second, and more importantly, your United Way gift is an investment in a powerful network of interconnected programs and services. No one non-profit organization stands alone. The value of your donation has a "snowball effect," giving it a system-wide impact. For example, say you gave directly to a women's shelter, which uses that money to provide much-needed food and clothing to its patrons. But what about when a resident of the shelter needs a job? Or a car to get to her job? When you donate to United Way, your contribution also goes to programs that can help her find work, transportation, permanent housing, child care, and more. It takes a system of support to help her get back on her feet. By donating to United Way, you strengthen that system. And by strengthening the system, you strengthen your entire community.

Is my gift tax deductable?

Yes; in most cases you must have a receipt for your donation to meet IRS requirements. If you donate to United Way via payroll deduction, keep your pay stubs as your receipts. If you make a one-time donation of $250 or more, you'll receive a tax receipt letter from United Way reflecting the amount of your gift. See your Campaign Coordinator for more details.

How much of my United Way donation goes to programs and services?

United Way has a long tradition as the leader in low-cost community impact - just ask the Better Business Bureau! Our proven consolidated fundraising concept, combined with the generous efforts of our campaign volunteers, helps us maintain low costs and high efficiency. 

Agencies We Support

Your gift to the United Way supports more than one person and one agency.

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The Henderson County Court Appointed Special Advocacy (CASA) represents fostered, CPS children in the county who are in need of safe permanent homes. These children - victims of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment frequently end up in court, as victims, once again. CASA was formed to help these children when there is no one or nowhere else to turn. An effective CASA program can reduce the time a child spends in temporary homes from 27 to 15 months and can make great strides in breaking the cycle of child abuse.

Family Peace Project

The Family Peace Project is a faith-based organization providing resources and services to families dealing with the complex issues of domestic violence, with multiple transitional homes and other critical support services. The organization also raises additional funds through their Emporium Re-sale Thrift shop in Athens. To appreciate the impact of donated funds, The Family Peace Project assisted 614 family members last fiscal year.

Disciples Clinic of Athens

Disciples Clinic of Athens is a faith based clinic staffed by medical, dental and clerical volunteers providing high quality , low cost health and dental services for persons between the ages of 19 and 64 who work at least 20 hours a week and whose income is less than the poverty level.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels served nearly 91, 824 meals in Henderson County last year and more than a million across East Texas and we plan to serve even more this year. Meals on Wheels serves disabled and homebound senior citizens residing in Athens, Chandler, Malakoff, Tool, Cedar Creek Lake and every other community in Henderson County. Funding received from the Henderson County United Way donations will provide meals to those seniors who cannot afford to pay for food. Without this service, many seniors would go hungry or placed in nursing homes.

Labor of Love

The Labor of Love efforts benefit the entire county. As needs are discovered, volunteers from this organization assist in rebuilding homes, perform general home repairs such as plumbing and electrical, or whatever may be required to make the home safer and functional. Labor of Love serves Athens, Brownsboro, Murchison, Tool, Bethel, LaRue, San Flats and other areas within the county. United Way dollars are used to purchase the supplies necessary to assist the carefully selected repair and rebuilding projects.

H C Boy Scouts Troop 11

H C Boy Scout Troop 11 is growing at an incredible rate, and we're proud to host an economically and ethnically diverse group of motivated young men. While there are a number of dedicated adults who supervise a wide range of activities, Troop 11 is run by the scouts themselves. Through their work on merit badges, camp outs and community service projects, these young men are equipped with the tools they will need to succeed for the rest of their lives.

Love in Action

Love In Action HCHM is a Christ - centered ministry to meet the needs of the poor and homeless in Henderson County.We provide a day shelter three days a week with showers, laundry facilities, lunch and food bags. We help our guests to obtain their identification documents, get medical help, and many other services to help them return to a stable and productive lifestyle.

Child Advocacy Program

An umbrella program of the Henderson County HELP Center, The Henderson County Children's Advocacy Center serves child victims of abuse and neglect throughout the county. It is designed to reduce the trauma to child abuse and neglect victims by reducing the time needed to process their cased through the court system. Coordinated law enforcement, Child Protective Services investigations and interviews are arranged in a neutral, child friendly setting for the victims.


A spinoff of United Way itself, the Helpline provides information and referral services to assist individuals in locating resources to match their needs. The Helpline serves as a constant thread in the coordination of services between many of the Henderson County United Way supported agencies. There is a County Care Coalition that meets quarterly to share information and sources for communication and also provides a quarterly newsletter to all interested parties.

Children's Emergency Fund

One of the oldest and most useful agencies in our Henderson County United Way drive, this fund serves the needs that "fall through the cracks" of other agencies. Items such as otherwise unaffordable eyeglasses for students, dental work, etc. are provided through this fund. Most referrals come from our local public school principals and counselors.

Henderson County 4-H

Henderson County 4-H programs prepare youth to meet the challenges of childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Through a coordinated, long-term and progressive series of educational experiences, the youth served by this program receive life- enhancing skills and develop positive social, emotional, physical and cognitive competencies.

East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

The East Texas Council on Alcoholism and drug abuse (ETCADA) provides Henderson County residents with several services. OSAR (Outreach,Screening,Assessment and Referral) services provide screening and assessment to determine the severity of alcohol and/ or drug problem for individuals and provide referrals to appropriate services to meet the identified needs Prevention Specialists (YPU;YPS;YPI) facilitate evidenced based curriculum for students in schools within the county.

The East Texas Arboretum

The East Texas Arboretum is104 acres of nature preserved land, just inside the city limits of Athens. A unique blend of horticulture and history, the grounds offer 2 miles of nature trails, formal gardens, a museum, a working windmill pond area and a one room school house.

Alzheimer's Coalition Of Henderson County

We are walking hand in hand giving support to caregivers of Henderson County. We provide continuing education and services for caregivers touched by Alzheimer's Disease and other related dementias. We offer respite services for caregivers of persons with debilitating disease.

East Texas Crisis Center

East Texas Crisis Center Outreach provides services to victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, & other victims of crim. ETCC services include crisis intervention, shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, support groups, financial assistance, a women's economic program and collaboration with community resources for victim assistance.

New Beginnings

One of several vital programs under the Help Center umbrella, this program makes available an in-home social worker to assist young parents and parents-to-be with prenatal information, parenting education, encouragement and support. Referrals are primarily from physicians and hospitals as they become aware of the high-risk patient. The social worker provides on going case management to help the young parents become self-sufficient.

Cedar Creek Library

Cedar Creek Library is a resource center that provided library materials and services, promotes and assists in educational development and encourages reading. Provides programs and activities that cater to the needs of all citizens.

Children's Emergency Fund / Assistance for Eldery

United Way Children's Emergency Fund / Assistance for the Elderly. One of the oldest and most useful agencies in our Henderson County United Way drive, this fund serves the needs that "fall through the cracks" of other agencies. Such as glasses for students who cannot afford them, dental work and other such needs, are provided through this fund.

Lila Lane Outreach

Lila Lane Outreach is a faith based residential facility dedicated to helping men overcome their pasts. Services are designed to prevail over any kind of addiction, dependence and other self-defeating attitudes and behaviors. Lila Lane Outreach provides safe and secure housing with each individual having their "own space" within our dormitory setting.

American Red Cross

Locally, the American Red Cross deals with communication to military families and teaching standard First Aid and Adult CPR. They also help fire victims by providing immediate shelter, food & clothing. Families residing in Athens, Chandler, Brownsboro, Poyner, Eustace, Gun Barrel City, Payne Springs, Malakoff and Frankston have been provided with assistance. All monies received from the Henderson County United Way are sent to the local American Red Cross chapter ensuring that the donations are used specifically for Henderson County families.

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