By Don Bolding

Killeen Daily Herald

The 2005 campaign of the United Way of the Greater Fort Hood Area has probably banked about 40 percent of its $625,000 goal, board president Robin Gies said.

Officials were not available to give an exact figure, but Gies said collections were still coming from several ma-jor employers and she showed receipts about 30 percent complete at the beginning of October.

Campaign chairperson Ann Farris led a Thursday morning meeting of the campaigns Operations Committee at Tarleton State University-Killeen, where members assessed progress on contacting major contributors and made plans to implement a final push.

A final meeting of all leaders to close the campaign will likely be held around the end of November. A celebration party, probably with a Valentines Day theme, will be scheduled in mid-February before allocations of receipts are made to the 18-member agencies.

Dr. Farris said executive director Aaron Montemayor said the campaign is pretty much on track.

People here have shown that they give when people need help, Farris said.

Committee members on Thursday reviewed letters to be sent to Pacesetters, large early givers in past campaigns who have not delivered checks yet, and Building Blocks, new members of the Chambers of Commerce in the United Ways area.

The Pacesetter letter asks leaders to remind individual donors to designate contributions to the Combined Federal Campaign to CFC No. 5100 to make sure those funds remain in the local community. Also under consideration is an advertisement emphasizing the local theme with pictures and signatures of local leaders.

Committee members have also been calling prior-year large givers to encourage them to renew their gifts.

Farris, a professor in TSUs graduate program, said needs are greater than usual this year because of an influx of Hurricane Katrina evacuees who are not expected to return home. A .5 percent increase in the Killeen Metropolitan Statistitical Areas unemployment rate last month was attributed largely to their presence.

At the campaigns kickoff Sept. 7, she called this years effort a two-step campaign to help care for evacuees needs as well as usual community needs.

Member agencies include the American Red Cross Heart of Texas Area Chapter, Boy Scouts of America Longhorn Council, Boys & Girls Club of Coryell County, Inc., Central Texas Armed Services YMCA, Central Texas 4-H, Inc., Christian Farms-Treehouse, Inc., Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter, Families in Crisis, Inc., Food Care Center, Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc., Fort Hood Child and Youth Services, Girl Scouts-Bluebonnet Council, Inc., Communities in Schools, Bell-Coryell Counties, Inc., Greater Killeen Free Clinic, Hill Country Community Action Association, Inc., Home & Hope Shelter, Inc., Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Central Texas Chapter (MADD), and The Refuge Corp.

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