In this Thanksgiving season, we are reminded of the many things for which to be truly thankful. These include our family, our health, and the heart to care for one another. As to the last one, we really do live in an area that has some of the most caring and generous people to be found anywhere. Because of our local citizens, the United Way for Jackson & George Counties continues to receive strong support and gives us the ability to fund our agencies and programs. In turn, the people who receive help are themselves very thankful to the donors and agencies of our United Way.
This year we had a very fun and enthusiastic campaign theme of “Team United.” This theme was chosen because we all know what it takes to make any team a success, and that is teamwork. We want everyone to pull together and show this community just how United we are and how committed we are to help those in need. As in years past this community has not let their friends, neighbors and even strangers down. We have continued to Live United and continued to fund the agencies and programs that have a proven record of providing necessary services from health and welfare to education and childcare.
Now that we have held our campaign events, thanked our donors and sponsors in the newspapers and on our website and completed our allocations process, you might think that is it for the year. Not so fast: we are not finished just yet. We will continue to take donations until December 31, 2013, so please help us to reach our goal. Mention to everyone you know that we are still accepting donations and how easy it is for them to make a contribution. If the company you work for does not host a workplace campaign, let us know and we can approach them about hosting one or even making a corporate donation. All donations count toward our goal and our cause.
After having volunteered with United Way for Jackson & George Counties over the years and now serving as Board President this year, it has been very rewarding to work with this team, Team United. From the donors, to the staff and volunteers, we make sure that those in need in our area have somewhere to turn. Again, thank you to all those who dedicate themselves to making sure that our community will continue to Live United.
Richard B Lucas
2013-2014 Board President