The Commerce Journal

Local News

January 9, 2014

Caring for the local community

COMMERCE — One organization in Commerce is streamlining donations to give back to the community.

According to Dick Latson, a board member of Commerce Community Cares Inc., CCC will ensure donations will go to a worthy organization in the community.

“One hundred percent of the funds go back for helping out the community,” he said.

Latson said CCC is in contact with many different service organizations in Commerce to help organizations raise funds.

“The way we help these agencies are by accepting contributions,” he said. “What’s more important, is how these agencies affect the community.”

Latson said the organization takes the stress away from donors who are not sure which organization to donate to, or if their funds will stay in Commerce.

“The goal is to combine the fundraising efforts of the organizations into one to give donors a one stop shop to write their checks,” he said. “One way to support all of these organizations with one check.”

In order for an organization to receive funds from CCC, Latson said the organization sends a letter to the board detailing how much funding they need and what they intend to do with the funds received. The board then determines how much to send.

Latson said one criteria all organizations must meet is that the “money must be spent in the Commerce community.”

Having served as treasurer for CCC for the past three years, John Walker said volunteering for CCC has been a rewarding experience.

“It’s been real rewarding because you can see the benefits of the community,” he said.

CCC is run by a 14-member volunteer board, and Walker said they do this to ensure the funds people donate go directly to service organizations.

“Nobody’s compensated in our board because that takes away from our benefactors,” he said. “We go into the community to raise funds to give back to the community.”

Latson said the CCC has helped to streamline donations to multiple worthy organizations that serve Commerce.

“Through the CCC, high school dropouts have free access to GED education, hungry families get food through the Notheast Texas Food Bank; no children are turned away from youth sports, and students receive medical assistance and referalls they need.” he said.

According to Latson, the many organizations in Commerce are all working toward the goal of bettering the community.

“Everybody is after the same goal,” he said. “We are so fortunate in the community to have people who care like this.”

Latson said the CCC is comprised of members who use funds wisely to help Commerce the most.

“This is where you get your best bang for your buck for helping out the community,” he said.

CCC’s goal for funding in 2014 is $20,100.

Donations can be made by mailing to P.O. Box 1321, Commerce, Tx, 75428, or in person at the Commerce Chamber of Commerce downtown.

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