United Way 'adds' another agency

United Way of Big Spring and Howard County has announced the new list of agencies — 16 to be exact — for 2013. The board of directors decided to accept the previous 15 agencies with the inclusion of one more agency for the upcoming campaign.“We will still be serving the same agencies as we did last year, but this year we have added the Salvation Army and the Boys and Girls Club as two separate entities, bringing our total number of agencies to 16 instead of 15,” Executive Director Sandy Stewart said.In previous years, the Salvation Army has been a supported agency of the local United Way. However, with the recent opening of the new facility housing the Boys and Girls Club, an application was submitted to consider the two programs as separate entities. “At one time, the two were considered separate entities and since the new facility is up and running, they (Salcation Army) felt it was better to be considered as two entities instead of one,” Stewart said. Other 2013 agencies include• The American Red Cross West Texas Chapter, aimed at providing disaster victims with emergency assistance. They can be contacted at 432-553-1439; • Buffalo Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America and Girls Scouts of the Desert Southwest. Both groups are aimed at providing an educational and character-building program, with training in citizenship, personal fitness and responsibility. To contact Boy Scouts, call 432-212-3577. Girl Scouts information can be obtained by calling 432-550-2688.• CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of West Texas is a program which promotes and supports quality volunteers who speak for the best interest of the abused and neglected children in court. Their goal is to provide a safe, nurturing permanent environment. To find out more, call 432-263-4162. • The Dora Robert Rehabilitation Center provides outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and cardiac rehabilitation to children and adults on a sliding scale ability to pay. To find out more, call 432-267-3806.• Emergency Services Chaplain Corp Services, a new agency in 2012, is utilized by all emergency services to help counsel those needing assistance in a crisis situation. For more information, call 432-264-2244. • Howard County Council on Aging/Meals on Wheels provides well-balanced meals five days a week to homebound seniors in the area. The program is able to continue by the use of volunteers. To find out more or to volunteer, call 432-263-4016. • Howard County Humane Society is aimed at taking care of the four-legged members of the community. The agency provides shelter and care for abandoned abused and neglected animals. They arrange pet visitations for the elderly and disabled, as well. To find out more, call 432-267-7832. • Isaiah 58, a local food pantry, strives to provide hunger relief and Christian counseling in the community. To find out more, call 432-263-4758. • North Side Community Center provides clothing, household articles, rent and other assistance, emergency shelter and counseling. To find out more, call 432-263-2673. • Salvation Army/Community and Emergency Services provides meals for the hungry as well as lodging for the homeless. There is a food pantry, domestic crisis shelter and substance abuse counseling. More information can be obtained by calling 432-267-8239. • Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club offers educational and recreational programs, after-school care and summer day camp. For more information on their services, call 432-264-7344. • Spring of Siloam, Christian Women's Job Corp is a newer agency providing educational support services and vocational counseling for participants in order for them to become valuable employees. More information can be obtained by calling 432-517-4627. • Rape Crisis Victim Services of Big Spring provides immediate after-crisis support for victims of rape and sexual assault. The agency also provides self-help for adults and adolescents in group sessions and self-protection awareness presentations. The agency is also involved in providing Shattered Dreams, a program designated for area schools. For more information, call 432-263-3312, which is a 24-hour support hotline. • Westside Community Day Care Center and YMCA of Big Spring are two agencies aimed at providing services to the community's youth. Westside provides day care and education for children of working parents through the age of 12. More information can be obtained by calling, 432-263-7841. • YMCA not only offers child care, but has summer activities, including aquatics, sports, gymnastics and more. To contact the YMCA, call 432-267-8234. “Each of these agencies support a vital need in the community,” Stewart said. “The board is looking forward to getting out in the community and doing what we can to raise support for these agencies.”To find out more about any of these agencies or how to support the United Way, call 432-267-5201.