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United Way funds help HCCAA deliver meals to Cove seniors

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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013 4:30 am

COPPERAS COVE — The Hill Country Community Action Association has been in operation since 1966, and the agency is dedicated to providing a number of useful services to Cove-area residents.

These services include energy assistance, home weatherization for greater comfort and efficiency, Head Start child development programs and RSVP, a retired senior volunteer program for individuals 55 and older who offer assistance to others in the community.

HCCAA’s main focus in Copperas Cove is providing a senior nutrition program, delivering approximately 4,733 hot meals every year to homebound seniors age 60 and older.

In order to keep the nutrition program in operation, the Greater Fort Hood Area United Way donates $7,000, or 4.75 percent of the program’s operating budget, each year. All United Way contributions are given directly to the HCCAA administrative office in San Saba.

“We receive funds from the Greater Fort Hood United Way to help maintain services for our senior nutrition program in Copperas Cove and Killeen,” said HCCAA Executive Director Tama Shaw. “Our office provides oversight for all of our Central Texas programs in San Saba, Mills, Hamilton, Lampasas, Coryell, Bell and Milam counties.”

HCCAA’s board of directors and administrators seeks funds from a variety of sources, but without the United Way contribution, Shaw said, the Copperas Cove program would only be able to serve 60 percent of those currently receiving a hot meal each day.

Don Ledsworth, campaign coordinator for the Greater Fort Hood Area United Way, said all United Way donations are determined by a committee of local volunteers who review allocation requests from each area.

“The review committee makes a recommendation to the board as to how much assistance is needed in each area,” Ledsworth said. “People often think we offer direct services to agencies, but we don’t. Our fundraising proceeds go directly to the agencies, and in turn, they provide the services and programs.”

Kevin Keller, public information officer for the city of Copperas Cove, said the city operates and maintains the Copperas Cove Senior Center and makes the center available to HCCAA for meal preparations delivered to homebound residents.

City officials said they are grateful for the assistance provided by HCCAA and the United Way in their area.

“The city of Copperas Cove appreciates the assistance of the Hill Country Community Action Association in providing meals to our local homebound citizens,” Keller said.

The Copperas Cove Senior and multiservice center is at 1012 North Drive. For more information, call 254-547-6022.

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