Thursday, April 2, 2009

United Way in the News

As I am sure that many of you have already seen, we informed our partner organization's about their expected allocation for the 2009/10 Community Investment cycle.

Unfortunately, that allocation is a 15% decrease in funding to all agencies.

More importantly, though, it's a decrease when people in our community need it the most. It was a tough decision to make, but one that was ultimately necessary because of the current reality faced by those in both the for and non-profit world.

But dollars are not the only resources that we need in order to change the lives of those around us.

If you find it difficult to give money right now, your investment of time is just as important. Also, if you are passionate about one or more areas of education, income or health, we want you to use your voice and tell us why. We want to work with you in creating long-term solutions for those that are most affected by the issues you care about.

United Way can be more than just a great fundraiser and allocator. We owe it to the people in the community to push ourselves to set priorities that can change lives. This can only be done in partnership with the community, including non-profits, government, faith-based groups, businesses, and individuals - like you.

We know that this news is tough, especially in an environment where we are faced with bad news relating to the economy everyday. For us this is an opportunity to embrace the call to do more, and be better stewards for our community.

We invite you to do the same. Together, united we can advance the good of all in our community.

It's our time to LIVE UNITED.

Join us and LIVE UNITED, too.

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