Friday, March 7, 2014

United Way

I’m not Dave Letterman and this is not The Tonight Show, but I have a Top 10 list for you today.

What are the top 10 reasons to invest in the United Way?

10.  You care. You care about youth development and nurturing children, fostering independence for older adults and those with disabilities, providing basic needs to people in crisis, and strengthening and supporting families.
9.  We hold our partner agencies – and ourselves – accountable.  You can trust that money you contribute to United Way will be allocated to programs at agencies that are held to the highest standards. 
8.  Your investment stays here in our community.  Our dues to United Way of America are only one percent of the amount we raise locally; in return, we receive benefits worth many times more than that small investment.
7.  It’s tax-deductible.  Any donation you make to United Way qualifies as a deduction on your personal or business taxes.
6.  Any of us could benefit from our partner agencies’ services.  The programs we fund aren’t just for the “other guy.” Our partner agencies serve a broad spectrum of the population, from the hungry and the homeless to hard-working employed people who just need a hand up to get through a tough time. 
5.  United Way collaborates with the community. United Way works with businesses, faith-based organizations, local government, the non-profit sector, and many other community groups to build the infrastructure we need to proactively tackle our biggest challenges.
4.  You get a lot of bang for your buck.  When you give once to United Way, you are really joining with the entire community to invest in twenty-four community partner agencies and the services they provide to people right here.
3.  It feels good.  When you invest in your community through United Way, you have the satisfaction and confidence of knowing that you, personally, are helping to sustain and improve the lives of your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and maybe even your own family members.
2.  You are part of real solutions.  United Way is interested in more than “Band-Aid solutions” – we know that long-term community impact comes only from forward-looking and thoughtful planning.

During the month of March, we are presented with this opportunity to not only invest in the United Way, but also to invest in our community. Our participation is vital to the future of 100 health and human services programs that advance the common good in Rock County.
Our contributions also ensure that youth receive the best possible education. Our participation is a key example of our mission, “To serve our community by educating every child.” When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all.

Oops, I almost forgot number 1:

1.  It matters.  And that’s the bottom line.

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