I recently addressed the challenging events of last week in my first letter to you as interim CEO. There is no doubt that the recent leadership changes and broader discussions they sparked of race inequity in our community have been painful. But they are extremely important. And we are steadfast in our commitment to a united path forward.
This week, I made the choice to focus on rebuilding our team, healing our community and recommitting to our mission. I have so much hope for our future. This past weekend, I was able to reconnect with what matters most to me: my family. We enjoyed the beauty of our city on Saturday, walking along our riverfront in Ohio and Kentucky, crossing bridges in between. On Sunday, my family heard a powerful sermon, titled "When It Seems Like a Dead Situation.” The words spoke so powerfully to me about having hope in a time of despair. No matter your belief, it gave me such renewed hope that we can not only get through this, but we can emerge stronger than ever.
Moving forward is going to take each and every one of us. We all need to commit to having hard conversations. To look in the mirror and acknowledge the work we all have to do to be more inclusive and equitable. And to double down on our critical mission of uniting this community. More than 300,000 people are impacted by your support. Children and families. Seniors and veterans. Students and jobseekers. They are counting on us to get this right.
United Way is still focused on one central purpose – to unite this community to change lives. To bring people together across differences to work towards a common cause larger than any of us. To bring our community together to tackle the most difficult problems that none of us can tackle alone. That is our core purpose.
We have done it for a century, we are doing it today, and we will continue doing it as long as our community needs us.