Community is what makes United Way

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010

We all set goals in life. At work, at home, for our personal development. Setting goals keeps us moving forward, and with a little luck, upward, as well.

That's why the Kenai Peninsula United Way sets new goals every year.

Last year the organization raised $735,000. This year the goal has been set at $750,000. Forward and upward; That's a good goal to strive for.

But it wouldn't happen without you. Indeed, the Peninsula's United Way has achieved and, many times, surpassed its fund raising goals in recent years.

Given the tough economic climate challenging us right now, even that goal that may seem ambitious. But the Kenai Peninsula United Way has something going for it that other agencies don't: the Kenai Peninsula community. And time and time again, this community has proven it has an open and deep heart.

If there's one thing great about living where we do, it's that we take care of our own. The 29 agencies under the United Way are spread throughout the peninsula so each person has somewhere to turn in their time of need.

We can help them, too, by giving back to our community. There are six types of agencies out there -- senior citizen outreach, health and rehabilitation, family resources, food and shelter services, crisis intervention services and youth programs. And the good news is all the money donated on the Peninsula stays on the Peninsula.

You can donate directly to any one of the agencies or let the designation board determine the best choice for you. Those benefitting include the Kenai Peninsula American Red Cross, Anchor Point Senior Center, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Alaska-Homer Program, Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula, Boy Scouts Great Alaska Council, Cook Inlet Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Forget-Me-Not Care Center, Frontier Community Services, Girl Scouts-Susitna Council, Homer Children's Services, Homer Senior Citizens Friendship Center, Hospice of the Central Peninsula, Hospice of Homer, Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic, Kenai Civil Air Patrol Cadets, Kenai Peninsula Community Care Center, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Kenai Peninsula Youth Court, Kenai Senior Center, Ninilchik Senior Center, The Salvation Army-Kenai, Seaview Community Services, Seward Senior Citizens, Soldotna Senior Citizens, South Peninsula Behavioral Health SVC, South Peninsula Haven House, Sterling Senior Citizens, Leeshore Center and Love INC of the Kenai Peninsula.

Together we can continue to do great things for our neighbors, our communities and ourselves. That's a goal worth striving to achieve.

In short: The United Way is you. So show yourself some support and give as generously as you can.

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