A Community That Takes Care of Others Will Thrive.
People across Henderson County continue to feel the financial impact of COVID-19 and other challenges. For pet owners that can often mean choosing between feeding themselves, feeding their pet or paying the bills. A choice so many have to make, especially since the cost of feeding one dog can range from $250 to $700 a year.
Through an innovative partnership with leading organizations, we are making sure neighbors – and their pets – continue to feel supported.
What is Ride United Last Mile Delivery?
Ride United Last Mile Delivery (RULMD), an innovative United Way partnership with DoorDash, provides free deliveries of food and essential items to those in need in our community. Deliveries can include meals to seniors, baby supplies, school supplies or books, pet food and much more.
How Does the Program Help?
Ride United Last Mile Delivery helps address this critical challenges of accessibility to food and necessary items. The program provides a “last mile” home delivery program that brings food and essential supplies to help address hunger and other complex community challenges.People who need deliveries include seniors, people with health issues, neighbors who live in food deserts, as well as others who may be dealing with the economic impact of COVID-19.
How Does the Program Work?
This free delivery program is a coordinated effort between many of our partners. Henderson County United Way works with community partners to identify those who need food and other essential items. We collaborate with food pantries, grocery stores, restaurants, and schools to meet those needs. Henderson County United Way submits pick-up and drop-off information to DoorDash via a secure online system to schedule deliveries. DoorDash Dashers then pick up multiple packages and make contact-free deliveries to neighbors along an efficient route.
How Can You Help?
Hunger and food insecurity affect one in eight people in our community. You can help make it easier for people to access what they need by joining our Ride United Last Mile Delivery Drive.
There are four ways to participate:
Give food - We are accepting donations of non-perishable food as well as food and treats for pets through October 31st at:
The Henderson County Help Center 807 N Palestine St., Athens, TX 75751
St. Matthias Episcopal Church 205 Willowbrook Dr., Athens, TX 75751
Athens Animal Rescue Shelter 1400 E Tyler St., Athens, TX 75751
Tractor Supply - Athens 1400 E Tyler St., Athens, TX 75751
Tractor Supply - Mabank 1701 S 3rd St., Mabank, TX 75147
Hometown Cinemas 215 Heritage Pkwy, Gun Barrel City, TX 75156
Give supplies - You can also drop off BABY SUPPLIES, SCHOOL SUPPLIES, NON PERISHABLE FOOD, PET FOOD, PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS, BLANKETS, and COATS.
Sponsor a request - Team up with your family, friends or colleagues and sponsor a request from a client. You and your group will purchase all the items for one person or family.
Donate dollars - When you donate $20 you’ll be providing 10 deliveries for local people
People who need help finding available local resources, including food, can call United Way Helpline: 211 or The Henderson County Help Center at 903-675-4357 for more information.