“Why would a person want to donate
to United Way?”
It’s a reasonable question to ask.
Perhaps you have personally posed this question at one point, or maybe someone
has asked the same of you. The answer, to put it simply, is this: United Way is
not about just one issue or cause. This organization is unique because of its
all-encompassing viewpoint. The problems of poverty, homelessness, family
violence, and low graduation or literacy rates truly affect the whole
community. There is no doubt –everyone is connected.
United Way seeks to empower the
community by looking at the whole picture and working together with other
agencies and leaders with one common goal in mind. They strive to build real solutions for
today, tomorrow, and forever.
The issues that people face are
not one-dimensional, and neither are their causes. Some people deal with
poverty for their entire lives. Others fall into poverty through illness, lack
of education, misfortune, loss of a job, or other factors. Even those with decent
jobs, solid families, and reasonably good health can fall victim to unexpected
circumstances. With a holistic approach to Education, Income, and Health,
United Way works with individuals and families through 20 unique human service
programs; the organization is here for community members who are struggling to
make it through difficult times.
Unfortunately, the current United Way campaign has fallen behind.
With less than two weeks until the closing date of March 15th, the
current fundraising total is at 77% of the $595,000 goal. If the money does not
come in, United Way’s partner agencies will face significant funding cuts. This
projected decline in funding has critical consequences – fewer children will
have access to food and other basic necessities, families will be turned away
from preventive health services, and many local programs will have to close
sites or limit their hours and staff. For more details on these projected funding cuts, click here.
With these changes looming in the near
future, a different question must be asked – can you afford to not contribute
to the United Way?
To invest in the future of the
Mifflin-Juniata region, donations to the 2015 Campaign can be made to
the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata, 13 East Third Street, Lewistown, PA, 17044.
Phone: (717) 248-9636, or be clicking here.
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The United Way of Mifflin Juniata is dedicated to fulfilling our
mission: Improving people's lives by mobilizing the caring
power of the community.