Friday, October 17, 2008

Join the movement to create change: LIVE UNITED.

Do you remember when you were taught the golden rule? Do you still treat others how you would like to be treated? Do you practice random acts of kindness and pay good deeds forward to help others?

If you do, then you LIVE UNITED. If not, don’t worry, you can start today. LIVE UNITED is United Way’s latest tagline, but what’s more, it’s a credo and a way of life.

The framework behind LIVE UNITED is the mission to Advance the Common Good through creating opportunities of a better life for everyone. United Way does this through identifying the community’s most critical needs and funding human service programs that create long lasting change by addressing the core issue(s) behind these needs. But that’s not where the process ends, United Way works with programs throughout the year, continually evaluating needs and possible barriers, as well as holding programs accountable for their results.

How does this Advance the Common Good? Because we all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable and when people have good health. It reminds us that underneath everything we are—political affiliations, tax bracket or religious views—we are all people. Connected. Interdependent. United.

Your actions have the power to create change. Even if they seem small, every effort you make will create positive ripples that will affect everyone they touch.

Three ways to take the first step:

GIVE—United Way’s annual campaign is happening now. And we need your help. If you have not given already, please consider making a contribution that will fit your budget. Give through your workplace campaign, call 384-9992 or visit for a pledge form.

ADVOCATE—Lend your voice to your favorite cause—or find a cause to support. Attend PTA meetings, educate yourself about local issues or write a letter to your congressional representative.

VOLUNTEER—Make a Difference Day is next weekend and the perfect opportunity for you to start volunteering. Raking leaves for people who can’t rake for themselves doesn’t seem like much—but it means the world for many of our older neighbors. The Volunteer Center has many opportunities throughout the year to match almost any interests.

Get involved: Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED. To learn more about how you can be a part of change visit or call 394-9992.