It’s hard to believe that this is my 6th year with United Way. We have completed several successful campaigns in the past 6 years and this year was another great example. We started out the year ahead of schedule and were reaping the benefits from generous givers. The one problem was that our society was going to be turned upside down with the Covid 19 virus. That is what United Way is all about though, being out front trying to help people when they need help the most. We were able to put our feet to the path and provide food to a lot of children who had their lives disrupted by “Stay At Home” orders and school cancellations. We could not do that without the help of giving people the entire year. We always conclude our campaign with the Fiesta Fun Friday which is a fun event that allows everyone to celebrate another successful year. This year we had to cancel that event so we were not able to raise our last $10,000 towards our campaign goal. I am so proud to say, though, that even with the lack of that event we were able to meet 99% of our goal and raise $501,481. Some people may say why do you do what you do? We do what we do to make a difference. I have realized during this time that there are so many people out there that are willing to give even when they don’t have a lot to give. We live in a community that always gives. This year’s theme was “Change For Change” and I would say that we have made a change for a change and bettered our community.
– Vicki Smith, Director
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