F rom July to October, 99 possible child abuse
incidents were reported to Oasis Child
Advocacy Center in Clovis, compared to 148 possible incidents the previous 12 months. If the trend continues, Oasis could see its caseload – most of which comes from Curry County – double in just one year.
It is too soon to tell if the numbers indicate a troubling rise in these abuse cases, or whether the successful prosecution of several recent cases has convinced more people to come forward now than in the past. We suspect it could be a little of both.
But whatever it is, the numbers denote one thing at least: Non-profit agencies like Oasis help our neediest neighbors, whose numbers aren’t shrinking. Clients come in all ages and cross all economic, educational, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Many local non-profits report receiving more requests for services, not less.
That’s where you can help. By donating to Curry County United Way, an umbrella entity for collecting donations and allocating money, you help pay staff and operating expenses to run Oasis and 14 other non-profits in the county. This year’s fund-raising campaign ends Friday, so if you haven’t given, please consider doing so.
So far, more than $334,000 has been pledged. That is up a respectable $18,000, or nearly 6 percent above 2002’s pledges. But it remains well below the 2003 campaign’s aggressive $375,000 goal. United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch knows it would be an exceptional stretch to reach that total in this final campaign week. But with two new agencies this year, she said it is crucial to exceed the $350,000 level.
In considering your contribution, know that the local United Way’s staff and administrative expenses won’t eat up your donation. Companies in the Corporate Cornerstone program have pledged their shares to cover those costs. This frees up all other pledges that you and non-Corporate Cornerstone companies make to be spent on clients of the 15 agencies.
Out of each dollar you give, 97 cents is spent on agency clients, she said, and the other 3 cents covers agency costs.
Isn’t that refreshing? Your gift would directly help better someone’s life. Fittingly, your money would help United Way fulfill its mission: Uniting people, changing lives.
Besides Oasis, your dollars also help people served by: Clovis Meals on Wheels, Crisis Referral Hotline, Life Saver Food Bank, Family and Children Court Services, Friends of Cannon Families, Family Services of Cannon Air Force Base, Shelter for Victims of Domestic Abuse, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Single Parents in Need, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts, and Zia Chapter of the Boy Scouts.
To join in, please call United Way in Clovis at 769-2103. Any amount you can donate would be greatly appreciated, and well used.