Editor’s Note: The United Way of Dodge City began its annual campaign on Sept. 1. The campaign will run until Feb. 14. In light of United Way’s efforts to raise funds for charitable organizations in Dodge City, the Daily Globe will be profiling these organizations. This week’s organization is United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries.
For those in Dodge City who run into a financial emergency, United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries (UMMAM) is there to help.
UMMAM provides financial assistance for those who find themselves suddenly unable to pay for basic needs such as rent, groceries and utilities. It also offers a food and clothing bank.
“They may never think that they would ever need help, but a situation comes into their lives where they have a hard time and we’re here to help people no matter what,” UMMAM Community Developer Elza Dominguez said.
Currently UMMAM is seeing increased need in the wake of government cutbacks.
“We’re going to see people worrying now that the food stamps are getting less per month, so we’re seeing a big need in our food pantry,” Dominguez said.
UMMAM receives some money from FEMA but relies mostly on donations from people and organizations. It has a number of volunteers including those from First United Methodist Church as well as many who have received support from UMMAM who have decided to give back.
UMMAM has been part of Dodge City for more than 30 years. Throughout the course of its growth the organization has added new buildings, including a health clinic and a dental clinic. Funds from the United Way go toward food and emergency assistance from the agency.
“I think it’s important to the community because we are able to help people in need and even though there are other agencies that provide services this organization has been with us for so many years and we’re well known in the community,” Dominguez said. “We get support from the community, not only Dodge City but also the small towns around us.”
Those wishing to donate to UMMAM or seeking their services may visit their office at 1700 Avenue F or contact them at 620 – 225 – 0625.