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El Dorado Businesses Give A Helping Hand to The United Way

Employees with El Dorado companies donated their time for a "Celebration of Caring".

EL DORADO, AR. - a south Arkansas group is helping to raise money for local charities.

The United Way of Union County is on a mission to raise a million dollars this year.  Today they continued those efforts with the help of local businesses.

The Boys and Girls Club has been in El Dorado for more than 50 years. Today employees of BancorpSouth, a local bank are here to help set up some after school activities.  It’s all a part of the United Way's celebration of caring.

 “It’s a part of our campaign where we get business leaders in and they form teams and their going out to many of our partner agencies to do different volunteer projects,” said United Way of Union County Executive Director, Alexis Alexander.  She adds, "It's an opportunity to allow those business leaders to kind of see hands on what the agencies are doing and where the contributed dollars are going"

Each year, El Dorado corporations lend a helping hand to the 14 charities they support through the United Way. Executive director Alexis Alexander tells us the celebration serves as a reminder to employees about where their donations are going.

Over at the Boys and Girls Club, it’s the calm before the storm. Executive Director David Lee tells us volunteers are working to set up a very special night before the school buses arrive around 3pm.

 “Ours today happens to be our ‘Lights on after school’,” said Lee.  “Which is a national program that emphasizes how important after school programming is to kids because we don’t want kids going home unsupervised they need to be somewhere.” 

Lee tells us that on average they help more than 100 local kids by helping them with homework, by providing them with meals and giving them a safe place to just be kids:

“They need that these days and for the few hours that we have them here we’re able to do that for them.  Our tagline for the Boy’s and Girls Club is: ‘Great futures start here’, and we firmly believe that.”  He adds, “We’re able to make a difference in their lives and thankfully we’re able to because of the support of the community and the United Way.”

The United Way tells us they’ve come close to reaching that $1 million dollar goal the past few years.  In 2013 they hope to finally break that barrier with the help of the folks and businesses of Union County

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