It seems every day we are asked to donate to one cause or another and then have to make decisions on how much and which charity has the greater need.
Making the decision on how to allocate funds for all those that need help can be a challenge. While the need is great for those who are suffering from hunger, homelessness, abuse, mental illness or drug addiction, the solutions seem overwhelming if tackled single-handedly. That's where the United Way comes in to help address many of the needs in the North Country by uniting us all toadvocate, volunteer and give money.
You may not be aware how the Adirondack United Way helps those in need in our region, but you can be sure you will at some time use the more than 40 agencies that they support. From youth to adult centers, from Boy/Girl Scouts to Hospice of the North Country, or LifeFlight to Literacy Volunteers, the list goes on.
The United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc. not only supports health and human service programs, but also coordinates the 2-1-1 Information & Referral System, helps health, safety and emergency preparedness and coordinates the Volunteer Tax Assistance for Earned Income Tax Credit.
The idea of donating to one united fund is made easy. Donate through a payroll deduction at your workplace or with one donation, either way it helps covers the broad scope of needs in our area. With the difficult economy and high unemployment, the need is even greater. That is why the goal of $775,000 needed from the three counties of Essex, Franklin and Clinton may not be reached, according to Adirondack United Way Executive Director John Bernardi.
So, the urgent call goes out to ask you to act now to get the last $100,000 in by the end of the campaign on January 31.
There are three options that will allow you to designate where you want your donation to go:
Option A: The Community impact fund that supports all the programs that are evaluated by volunteers as to the pressing need and dollar allocation.
Option B: he Targeted Impact Need that allows you to pick one area you'd like your donation to support. Such choices as education that helps children and youth achieve their potential, income that helps families become financially stable and independent, or health with services to help maintain good physical and mental health and obtain long-term care. Option C: If you want a specific partner agency or agencies to receive 100 percent of your donation.
By combining all of our donations it can really impact our local region. No donation is too small because every donation makes a difference. The need is great and people are hurting. Your donation can make help lighten the load.
Send a check or spread it out with a payroll deduction to United Way of the Adirondack Region, 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
For more information go to www.unitedwayadk.org or call 518-563-0028.