2011.03.16 Jay VanBuren: United Way needs support

Written by David Green.

Over the last two years, Lenawee United Way has served one in three people here in Lenawee County through 15 funded programs and our 2-1-1 call service. The need for community services has never been greater.

If you are able, I encourage you to give what you can to Lenawee United Way now.  Ernie and Susan Groeb of Onsted have generously provided a $20,000 challenge grant to United Way. That means, every dollar you donate to Lenawee United Way through the end of March will be matched dollar for dollar.

Your  financial support is needed to help us continue funding to these very important and worthwhile programs here in Lenawee County. When Lenawee residents call 2-1-1 with a need, we want to make sure there are services and resources available.

Lenawee United Way invests your donation into our community to help provide basic needs for families and individuals. Your investment helps people get on their feet and become more financially stable, eventually making them less dependent on community services. The funds provide much needed medical, dental and mental health services to people who simply can’t afford a doctor or mental health provider.

To see how your contribution is making an impact, visit our website at www.lenaweeunitedway.org. There, you can find out more about our priority areas and how we are making progress on community issues, you can see the faces of the people whose lives you’ve helped change and you can sign up for our e-newsletter. Our report from the last year of successes will be available on our website in early June.

Although today’s challenging economy has added pressure and urgency within all segments of society, United Way’s commitment to set bold goals, forge effective partnerships, achieve meaningful results, and fulfill an ambitious goal—to create opportunities for everyone—has never been more important.

Please consider donating or increasing your current gift before the March 31 deadline.

Helping our economically disadvantaged neighbors to transform their lives is truly what it means to Live United.  Thank you for your continued support.
– Jay VanBuren, Board Chair

Lenawee United Way Board of Directors

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