United, We Can

Building a strong community where all people can thrive depends on your generous support.


January 8, 2021

Dear friends,

I still have so many people, things and moments to be thankful for in such a difficult year. At the top of the list is you.

So many of you welcomed both me and our new, modern-day United Way. You supported our new direction, our relief efforts and our annual campaign. You made me feel at home in my new job.

With Thanksgiving and the home stretch of our campaign upon us, it is a perfect time to pause and say thanks:  

  • You generously supported our initial emergency response to the pandemic and continue pledging assistance for our long-term recovery and revitalization efforts. This has been, and continues to be, the focus of our work. Our community needs United Way now more than ever.
  • To date, you helped us generously raise more than $48 million for our annual campaign! We would not be here without you, but the campaign is not over. We are working hard to raise the $2 million needed to reach our goal of at least $50 million by the end of the year. It will take all of us to get there. If you have the ability to give a little more this season and can help us spread the word to close the gap, we greatly appreciate it. The need has never been greater in our community. Here’s how.
  • You continue to write thousands of Notes of Encouragement to our isolated seniors. These small gestures bring large joy to those whose lives have really changed over the past eight months.
  • You support local families through our Amazon virtual product drive and our organization’s other work through AmazonSmile. These are easy ways to both meet a specific need in our community and support our general work and so many of you responded with enthusiasm.

These are just a few examples. When I say I have met hundreds of supportive people and received thousands of encouraging words over the past eight months, I am not exaggerating.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.



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