The Brown County United Way kicked off its 2019 campaign Wednesday at Underwood’s Cafeteria with a goal of raising $250,000 for the 18 agencies the United Way will support.

As it has done for the past 16 years, Underwood’s — which is normally closed on Wednesday’s — opened for a special lunch, with all of the proceeds going to the United Way and employees volunteering their labor.

“Thanks to Underwood’s, (Wednesday) is our 2019 campaign kick-off,” Brown County United Way Executive Director Karen Lynch said.

“Over 90 percent of the funds that are contributed stay local. So when you contribute to United Way, you’re helping your community, your neighbor, your family, your friends.”

Paul Underwood, whose family owns the iconic barbecue restaurant, said Underwood’s “is honored to do this. Our employees are honored to volunteer. I’ve had a record number of volunteers. It’s great whenever you have more volunteers than jobs.”

While the money raised at the Wednesday lunch is important, it’s also important because it creates awareness that the campaign has started, Underwood said. 

The 18 agencies the Brown County United Way will support in 2019 are:

AccelHealth

American Red Cross

The Ark Domestic Violence Shelter

Boys and Girls Club

Brown County Association for Retarded Citizens

Brown County 4-H Clubs

Brown County Home Solutions

Brownwood Area Community Garden

Brownwood Community Resource Council for the benefit of TJJD Youth

Brownwood Pubic Library

Cancer Services Network

CASA

Early Childhood Intervention

Family Services Center

Girl Scouts of Central Texas

Pearl Griffin Memorial Latch Key

Salvation Army

Texas Trails Council, BSA