United Way kicks off 2004 campaignA blend of businesses and nonprofit social service organizations mixed at No. 10 Sixth St. as the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a business-after-hours event at the new office space of United Way of Clatsop County. Suite 211 was donated by No. 10 Sixth St. Ltd.

United Way took the opportunity to show the chamber members its new office space and let them learn about the activities of the 16 agencies that benefit from the annual fund-raising campaign. The agencies were spread out over two floors in the building and members got a "passport" to visit each agency. Those who had a full passport participated in a drawing for a picnic carrier.

The event served as a kickoff of the 2004 campaign.

Each agency present had a representative to talk about the services provided to the community and several had displays and other visuals to showcase their efforts.

The goal of $290,000 for the 2004 United Way Campaign got a boost when Georgia Pacific pledged a corporate donation.

Kelly Wolff, manager of the Wauna Division, gave a display check of $27,500 to United Way President O. David Dickson.

"This is the corporate donation and the employees' contributions will be made during the campaign." Wolff said.

In addition, Georgia Pacific brought more than 100 samples of Brawny paper products to give away.

The Georgia Pacific corporate contribution, plus money received through an advanced-giving program, totalled $49,066, which is nearly 17 percent of the goal.

The agencies that received United Way money in 2003 were:

• American Red Cross, providing many services from cardiopulmonary resuscitation training to disaster relief.

• Boy Scouts of America, developing citizenship, character and physical fitness in boys 6-20 and girls 14-20.

• Camp Kiwanilong, a rustic camp used by many organizations.

• Caring Options, promoting child care.

• Clatsop CASA Program - Court Appointed Special Advocates help abused and neglected children in juvenile court and the child welfare system.

• Clatsop Community Action, an anti-poverty organization which serves as a regional food bank, offers energy assistance and legal help.

• Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.-Columbia River Council for girls ages 5-17.

• Healthy Families, help for parents with children in infancy and early childhood.

• Lives in Transition, assisting displaced homemakers, single parents and dislocated workers.

• Lutheran Community Services Northwest, counseling and support groups for for children, teens and families.

• North Coast Communities In Schools, distributing backpacks and school supplies to local elementary school children and a mentoring program.

• Pioneer House, an emergency and transitional shelter in Astoria.

• Restoration House, a Seaside-based facility that provides housing, meals and supportive services to homeless men.

• The Healing Circle VOCA (Victory Over Child Abuse), camps and mentoring for victims of child abuse.

• The Lighthouse for Kids, providing medical assessments for children involved in allegations of child abuse or neglect.

• Women's Resource Center, operating a crisis line, safe housing, legal help and support groups for victims of domestic assault and others

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