The United Way of the Adirondacks is a voluntary fundraising and human service organization serving Franklin, Essex and Clinton counties. Adirondack Region Executive Director John Bernardi recently announced that the campaign has already passed 20 percent of its $775,000 goal for next year. This is great news, knowing a community-based group is out here and can help the many families that have fallen on hard times.
The people of the North Country are always working to help their friends, neighbors, relatives or anyone in need. While many worthwhile causes tug at our hearts, the most efficient way to help people in your community and your neighboring towns is to donate to the United Way of the Adirondacks, which benefits 39 agencies. Rather than nonstop appeals from individual groups or agencies, the United Way picks this time of year to have a consolidated effort.
The United Way is made up of locals who contribute at their workplaces through automatic payroll deductions. The smallest donation has a substantial impact when combined with those of co-workers. If it is not offered at your job, United Way will send a pledge card and brochure if you ask Kathleen Snow, director of development, at 518-563-0028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you donate, you help many amazing organizations such as Family Champions of the North Country in Tupper Lake, North Country Life Flight in Saranac Lake and the Thomas Shipman Sr. Memorial Youth Center in Lake Placid. This is just a sampling of the 39 agencies that partner with United Way. You may also pick ones that you don't want any of your donation to go to. Check out the partner agencies on www.unitedwayadk.org.
Whether you give, advocate or volunteer, you can show you care by uniting. Recent poverty statistics indicate that need is higher than usual, but with strength in numbers, we can make this a record-breaking year. Help make our communities stronger through the United Way of the Adirondacks.