The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local News

April 4, 2014

United Way receives $7,000 'Champion' donation


Months after closing its doors this past fall, Anderson County Champions for Children continued to support the community recently by giving more than $7,000 to benefit the East/Central Texas United Way.

Champions Board of Director President Larry Salter and volunteer Susan Schneider contacted former Executive Director Joan Strominger to discuss allocation of the funds still being managed by Champions for Children. Before closing, the nonprofit organization focused on improving early childhood education and care programs locally.

“I cannot think of a single organization that supported the efforts of Champions for Children more than United Way,” Strominger said. “Without their financial help, many childcare employees would not have been able to obtain the state-required training hours. Building our community to be the best it can be is part of the gift of the United Way.”

In January, Schneider presented Mary Raum, Executive Director for East/Central Texas United Way, with a check for $7,244 to be applied to the general fund of East/Central Texas United Way, to be used as determined by the board.

According to Raum, the donated funds will enable the organization to grow by supporting fundraising efforts for the upcoming campaign drive. This year, the giving campaign goal is set at $115,000.

“We currently have eight partners that we support locally, but we would like to see that grow in 2014, supporting more organizations like Anderson County Champions for Children,” Raum said.

The partner agencies that United Way supports are determined in Palestine, with a focus on the local community. The territory covers Anderson, Freestone, Limestone and Leon counties.

For more information on the East/Central Texas United Way, contact Executive Director Mary Raum at 903-727-8798 or email


Text Only
Local News