It's the season for appreciation, sharing, and giving, the combined elements that make for a happy holiday. While your United Way is actively pursuing it's goal of raising $550,000 by April of next year, the 27 local agencies that are supported by the United Way campaign are busy putting those contributions to work to help everyone's holiday be happier. According to Amy Manuel, executive director of United Way on the Kenai Peninsula, they have already reached 20% of their goal, "The entire Peninsula has turned out to promote and support United Way this year, and that has made me very proud to be associated with United Way. At some point in your life, everyone will use or know a friend who will use one of our agencies, and it's wonderful when we all come together to support each other and help keep the services that these agencies provide available for us all," said Manuel. Amy demonstrates this point by having everyone in an audience stand wherever she is giving a presentation, then as she asks you to be seated when she names an agency that has effected you, a friend, or a loved one. By the time she has only mentioned the first few agencies such as Hospice, Boys & Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts, and Youth Court, no one is left standing.
The Chairman of the 2003 United Way Campaign is the very popular Rod Cason of Tesoro, and this year's theme is "Make Your Caring Count." Every United Way donation makes a difference, says Cason; "It makes a difference to the Senior Citizen in your area who receives nutritious meals they might not otherwise have. Your donation makes a difference to those kids who receive scholarships to participate in the after school activities that improve their scholastic and social skills. Your donation provides assistance to people in our own community who need food and shelter during hard times. It is your donation to United Way that will help support a terminally ill patient and provide comfort to family and friends during that difficult situation. Each of us has a chance to help those around us, and every single donation does make a difference."
For more details on the 2003 United Way Campaign, or for a presentation at your place of business, contact Amy Manuel at 283-9500.
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