2019 seems like a lifetime ago.
2020 has become a test of the systems and supports we work so hard to build and sustain.
While this pandemic has caused all of us to ask, “What are my essential needs?” our invitation is to ask, “What is my essential response?” We believe our essential response is to care - however and whenever possible. This year’s Annual Report highlights both United Way’s critical response to current challenges, as well as efforts to mobilize for future recovery and rebuilding for every person in our community.
United Way was made for this. United, we have always faced our challenges. United we respond; United we Thrive, and United We Rise.
Take a moment to download a digital copy of this year’s annual report. Review it and read about the many ways your support has been instrumental in providing vital resources and care to individuals and families during this challenging year.
It always begins with people. “… step forward, engage, and let your small actions ripple out in all directions. This is how hope comes about.” – Rich Harwood.
How do we make our place better? We begin by engaging with one another.
There is much to be done to help those in our community facing poverty and barely getting by despite working hard. Through donor support, United Way of Madison County fights daily for these families - for their financial stability, health and education. We fight for those same things for every person in our community.
This past year, we continued to develop solutions that make a positive impact on individual lives and the entire community. Solving BIG problems while building up the community is what United Way is all about.
Take a moment and review this year’s annual report, you can read about many ways your support is helping individuals overcome real barriers, reach goals and thrive.
This is where the United Way logo comes alive. It’s been around for more than a century: the open palm cradling a figure reaching toward a rainbow. Today that rainbow signifies the goals that many families have to achieve the level of education/employment/financial assets to take care of themselves.
YOU are the outreached, open palm that supports the coaching, education and assistance that helps these families not only survive, but THRIVE. The outreached hand can be financial support and it can be active involvement by volunteering and advocating on behalf of those who need that lift.
Stigma, as evidenced by the simplistic prescription for solving poverty, has a tremendous impact on individuals and on entire communities. Nearly every conversation I have ever had across this county has voiced concern that our community is perceived negatively. One of the greatest ways to overcome stigma is by direct engagement. People become individuals; communities become home; and problems become solvable because people are willing to work together for the common good.
It’s our invitation to you to join us in creating a THRIVING community. Your contributions are so important: your time, your voice and your financial gifts raise us all up.
Change doesn't happen alone. People all across the community are working through United Way to make our community better, with more thriving families.
United Way has developed a goal around community building. We are pledging to reach out to every person in every community to be the change we want to see. In our neighborhoods. In our towns. In our counties. In our states. In our nation. In our world. To live better, we must LIVE UNITED.
Every day, and in all corners of the world, communities struggle with obstacles that are difficult to face and too hard to ignore. Illiteracy. Homelessness. Addiction. Local issues that require local solutions.
But there is hope. There’s United Way. We are the problem solvers, the hand raisers, the game changers. We surround a community’s most critical problems—and we fight.