To say this year has been a challenging one would be a gross understatement. No one could have imagined last year at this time what the world was about to experience. But despite these trying times, there are still plenty of people willing to help others in need. That generosity - your generosity - has allowed the United Fund year after year to reach their campaign goal.
“Your support assisted in feeding and clothing many children, supported those who needed help providing for their families, and lent a helping hand to those who are alone or being abused and neglected. These challenges don’t go away in a pandemic and the need for assistance in our community is greater than ever; without your help it is impossible to reach those in need,” the United Fund Board of Directors wrote.
The Gothenburg United Fund remains an all-volunteer nonprofit organization supporting 11 very worthwhile agencies in the Gothenburg and Dawson County area. “While it is your friends, neighbors or co-workers that volunteer as the Gothenburg United Fund board of directors, it may be your friends, neighbors or co-workers that need assistance. Together we can help those we pledge to support.”
The budget for this year’s United Fund campaign is $25,500, and the kickoff dinner for the campaign is set for Sunday, Nov. 8. Due to Covid the event will be done differently this year. While still being held at the Gothenburg Senior Center, the lunch will be drive-thru style with pickup available between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Board members Stacy Anderson, Linda Bowman and Angie Nichols have been involved with the Gothenburg United Fund for several years - Bowman for more than two decades. “The community is wonderful about coming to this event. It’s a big boost to start our year off,” said Bowman. She said the United Fund raises about a fifth of their budget at the dinner and in the week following.
The ladies said the board reviews applications for funds each spring and selects the recipients for that year. They meet with the representatives from those agencies to get details of what is needed, and when applicable, how that agency spent the funds they received the previous year. During the budget meeting the board decides the donation amount for each recipient. Bowman said a priority of the board is to keep the funds in our community.
Agencies selected for 2020-21 are:
American Lutheran Food Pantry
Building Blocks Childcare and Preschool
Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska
Dawson/Gosper County Court Appointed Special Advocates
Family Advocacy Network
Food Backpack Program
Gothenburg/Brady Ministerial Association
Gothenburg Senior Citizens Center Inc.
L2 for Kids Inc.
Anderson first became involved with the Gothenburg United Fund in 1997 when it was affiliated with United Way. “After you have heard these budget interviews with the agencies that we assist, you just want to help. All of the agencies that we support do great work, mostly supporting children or the elderly,” Anderson explained.
Joining Bowman, Anderson and Nichols on the Gothenburg United Fund board are Kristi Edson, Arlene Aden, Susan Anderson, Dr. Ryan O’Hare, Wendy Walker, Vera Wolf and Nathan Wyatt. The ladies said the board is always looking for new members.
Anyone unable to attend the Nov. 8 kickoff dinner but would like to make a donation to the Gothenburg United Fund Inc., may contact any of the board members or send a check to Gothenburg United Fund Inc., P.O. Box 494, Gothenburg NE 69138.