The United Way of West Ellis County is grateful for the generous support of so many people in the area we serve, said Richard Norman, executive director.

“The work being done by agencies we help fund strengthens the community while helping individuals and families in need,” he added, noting that more funds are needed for the organization to complete its 2008 campaign.

To help the organization reach its goal of raising $500,000 that help fund more than 20 agencies in western Ellis County, the Boy Scouts, 4-H, YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs will be putting cans bearing the United Way logo in many stores and other public locations.

“Your change from shopping trips can help us bring about change in the community,” Norman said.

What does the United Way of West Ellis County do?

Norman said this past year, through the more than 25 United Way local agencies in western Ellis County, children had a safe place to learn and play, area seniors had hot meals and a place to gather, women living in abusive homes had a shelter to turn to, and those whose lives have been harmed by drug and alcohol abuse were provided resources to end such self-abuse.

Some of the non-profit organizations that are supported by the United Way of West Ellis County include: Avalon Summer Recreation, Manna House, Meals-on -Wheels, The Gingerbread House, Daniel’s Den and the Waxahachie, Milford and Midlothian Senior Citizens Centers.

Communities that are served by the West Ellis County United Way include Avalon, Milford, Maypearl, Midlothian, Red Oak, Waxahachie and a number of others.

For more information on the United Way of West Ellis County, or to become a volunteer or schedule a presentation for your business, visit or contact Richard Norman at 972-723-9280.