Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

November 8, 2012

United Way needs your help

VALDOSTA — No doubt about it. South Georgia and the rest of America face challenging times. Each person has felt the effects of these challenges in some way: Furloughs, layoffs, unfilled positions, lack of pay raises, profit reductions, lowered sales.

Yet, as each individual and each family has felt the economic impact in some way during these early years of the 21st century, many of us can play some small part in helping those who have been hit by far more challenges than ourselves.

The United Way is an organization designed to help people cope with life’s challenges, whether it is funding to an organization that helps meet the needs of one person at a time, or an organization that meets the needs of the entire community.

The United Way helps community organizations that help the community.

The United Way is far short of its needed $1 million. As of last weekend, the Greater Valdosta United Way had raised only 31 percent of its goal.

The United Way could use a little more of Valdosta and Lowndes County’s legendary generosity.

Especially now, because more of our residents, neighbors, colleagues, employees, friends, and families still need more, expect more, from the United Way in the year to come. The United Way needs those funds so local organizations can meet those needs.

Some may think they cannot give now because they are worried they may need that extra money down the road. Some may think they have given enough.

Given the harsh mood, some may grouse that it’s every person for themselves, or if people worked harder, they wouldn’t need help.

Still, consider this: If you have the money now, give it. Consider it a good investment. In challenging times, one never knows. You may be helping yourself.

It may well be you who needs the services of the United Way in the months to come.

There but for the grace of God ...

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