The Buffalo Township United Fund (BTUF) kicked off its annual drive for 14 local area agencies last week with a goal of reaching $35,000.
The BTUF gathered $28,000 last year, short of its goal, but still well-needed funds for the agencies that range from Girl Scouts to Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and the Louisiana Area Historical Museum.
The year got off to a good start when Charlie and Mary Perkins of Trailerman Trailers donated $5,000 at the BTUF’s kickoff breakfast at the Seton Center on Thursday, April 10.
“We’re not affiliated with United Way in any way,” said BTUF Treasurer Peggy Meyer at the breakfast. “All the funds remain in our area.”
“We don’t want to send the money away to the United Way,” said BTUF President Terry Cook. “We want to keep it in town.”
Volunteers will spend less than one percent of the donations on administration, with the rest going to the 14 groups.
“Each agency gives us their budget and what they plan to do in the coming year,” Meyer said. BTUF board members then decided how to split the funding among the groups.
One of them is the Louisiana Ministerial Alliance. The group’s funding is used for the Lane’s Backpack program, which provides backpacks full of weekend food for 149 area students.
Another is Pike County Council on Aging, which provide thousands of meals to Pike County residents through the nutrition centers.
The Louisiana Recreation Association couldn’t operate its 20 Khoury League teams without BTUF’s help according to league official Josh DePriest.
“Buffalo helps us out a lot,” DePriest said, with the high costs of bats, umpires and registration fees for underprivileged players.
“We don’t want a child unable to play,” DePriest said. “A lot of kids really appreciate it.”
Donations can be made through office programs or directly to Meyer at the Bank of Louisiana’s west branch at 3308 Georgia Street.
Meyer has literature and directions on how to implement the employees donation program.