Achieving goals can be rewarding — especially when that goal is to raise $2.324 million to aid 31 social service and nonprofit groups.

So, officials with the United Way Galveston County Mainland were pretty excited this week when they surpassed the 2012 fundraising goal and raised more than $3.328 million.

While the United Way’s campaign still has 16 days to go for the year, surpassing the fundraising goal assures the groups the agency funds will receive their full promised allocations. It also means the mainland United Way will have more money for its direct assistance programs.

“We’re excited about the potential to help people that need that help in Galveston County,” Lindsey White, the assistant director for the United Way Galveston County Mainland, said.

With the goal exceeded, the groups’ that depend on the United Way will see their money allocated right away.

“Going over our goal means we get to help so many more people,” said the United Way’s Executive Director Chris Delesandri. “Since we made these goals, the agencies will start to get monthly checks (in January).”

Delesandri said in its 58 years, the mainland United Way has failed to meet its fundraising goal only twice.

The funds and pledges of support mean as well that the United Way Galveston County Mainland Youth Board will get off to the start officials had hoped for. This will be the first year that a 19-member board of high school students from all of the mainland public school will meet.

The youth board members from La Marque, Texas City, Clear Springs, Clear Falls, Clear Creek, Dickinson, Friendswood, Santa Fe and Hitchcock will come up with a list of projects they want to collaborate on this next year. Delesandri said the United Way set aside $30,000 to help fund the projects devised by the students.

While one of the county’s United Way agencies has reached its goal, the other is getting close.

Kenna Bush, the executive director for the United Way of Galveston, said that agency has raised or had pledged $900,000 of its $1 million goal. She said at the pace the campaign is going, she expects to eclipse the $1 million goal.

The State Employee Charitable Campaign, the biggest contributor to the Galveston United Way, raised $535,000 this year, which is $31,000 more than the goal that group set, Bush said.

Bush said she is waiting on figures from Moody Gardens, the county employees and a handful of others that should send the amount raised to more than the $1 million goal.

That’s good news for the island’s United Way that provides services and funding for 23 nonprofits and social service agencies.

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or

(2) comments

David Smith

Thanks to all that contributed...

Lars Faltskog

LOL, I've worked in countless buildings where at first an assigned colleague (who otherwise normally isn't aggressive nor annoying) is coached to pressure EVERYBODY to contribute to united way. Then, for those folks who didn't yet get bilked out of their $, management decides to put in a dollar or two on everyone's behalf - to make it look like everybody participated.

So many times we hear that if an employee doesn't give, he/she may not be asked back real soon. Just can't get over that kind of thing.

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