To the editor:
The need for the services that the United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc. helps support has never been greater. Employment, construction and tourism are down, yet gas, food and utility costs are rising. Demands on public agencies, food pantries, utility funds and free clinics are much higher than last year, and from people who have never had to resort to asking for help before. State funding to public and private agencies has been slashed at the same time that requests for assistance are increasing.
United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc. helps fill those gaps. The United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc. has been a part of this community for more than 60 years. Our main role is providing financial support to local health and human service programs throughout our 40 partner agencies. They do not just provide a blank check to these agencies; they fund specific programs with measurable outcome objectives, ensuring the funds invested on your behalf are making the greatest impact on community needs.
I realize that many are facing financial pressures in their own families, but I hope people will give as generously as they can. I'm sure we all know someone who has been helped by one of the United Way partner agencies: a neighbor, co-worker, student or quite likely your own family. Please know that 100 percent of your donation can be made to a specific agency on your behalf. YOU can decide where your money is going!
The United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc. needs your help this year. If you work for one of the 135 businesses that allow you to donate through payroll deduction, that is the easiest way. If your employer doesn't offer a workplace campaign, please ask if they will start one. If you've received a letter from the United Way, please consider making a pledge. If you did not get a letter and would like to donate, please call the office at 518-563-0028. Even a small amount can make a big difference in the lives of those in need in our communities. Please pledge your support today for the United Way of the Adirondack Region.
With thanks and appreciation,
Co-chair of the 2014 Campaign