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Local Agencies Considering "Worst Case Scenario" if the United Way Can't Pay

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

Agencies who are supposed to be receiving funding from the Brazos Valley United Way are still waiting on missed payments.

The non-profit agency has placed its president and CEO on paid administrative leave but despite their best efforts, reps with the organization admit they are still behind and missed another payment to other non-profit groups in the area last month.

News 3 checks in with some of those agencies to see if they're still confident about getting the money owed to them and if they plan on continuing their partnership with United Way in the future.

These children will suffer if the United Way of the Brazos Valley doesn't catch up on back payments to the local Boys and Girls Club soon.

"I could see it. I could see us shutting our doors...it was real tight," said Ron Rolett, with the Boys and Girls Club.

The United Way is several months behind in paying it's 49 funding partners, despite a $135,000 installment last month.

Theresa Mangapora, with the Brazos Valley Food Bank, said, "It's sad what's happening now, but I think that it will get figured out, I do. The community needs it and the agencies need it."

The Brazos Valley Food bank cut ties with the United Way's Community Campaign, but still receives a small amount of funding through their State Employee Charitable Campaign.

Mangapora said, "This is about people's lives and services being delivered to people that need it...and I feel for those organizations."

20% of the Boys and Girls Club's operating fund depends on United Way money.

If things don't get better, rooms like this that are normally open for nine hours a day will get cut back to six...and that means lights out, for certain activities.

"Worst case scenario, we'd prolly have to say, well, we're not going to open on Fridays. We're not going to open on Mondays," said Rolett.

The local United Way's president and CEO is on paid leave.
Reps cite insufficient accounting procedures and budget forecasting, plus decreases in donations for their cash flow problems.

Rolett said, "We'll just continue to pray, is all I can do."

He hopes more individual donors will come forward to answer those prayers.

A special board meeting for the United Way of the Brazos Valley is set for Monday.
Hank Roraback's job status as president and CEO will be discussed.

The Boys and Girls Club's own board is having a special workshop to come up with a game plan for their future in May.


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