Forty United Way agencies need help

By Allison Bybee e-mail

STUART, FL (WFLX) - More than 40 Martin County agencies in jeopardy. Donations are down for the United Way of Martin County and Tuesday volunteers urged everyone to step up.

The Council On Aging is seeing more senior citizens, but they have fewer dollars.

The Volunteers in Medicine Clinic is seeing more uninsured patients needing attention, but the money isn't there. "I think it would be nothing short of a disaster medically. We have something so unique here," that's Dr. Howard Voss, the CEO of the clinic. They are an agency of the United Way and right now they need $25,000 dollars to continue minimum coverage.

Tuesday, Miguel Coty, the campaign chairperson, urged everyone who can, to donate. He said if money doesn't come, there will be catastrophic and lasting consequences, "Is this an exaggeration, is this a scare tactic? I don't think so. It's a plea, a plea to this community to save this community."

Chuck White knows first hand what the United Way can do. His daughter is handicapped and lives in a group home, supported by the United Way of Martin County. White says, "I would hate to think what would happen if we are not able to continue the programs for these agencies. Who would they turn to?"

In total the United Way of Martin County needs $750,000 dollars to keep more than 40 agencies a float. They need everyone who can, to help.

If you want to help, there is a hotline set-up: 772-283-4800 or go online: Your donations are needed through mid-April.