Campaign Chair Op Ed: To live better, we must live united.

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I have spent my life dedicated to helping improve people’s health in Madison County. Of course, health care facilities are essential to that goal.  But health care is just one component of a healthy life and a healthy community. That’s why I support United Way’s efforts to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.

I have been fortunate to know the support of family, friends and a community-wide network. I have gained an education and pursued a rewarding career here in Anderson. I have raised a family and enjoyed an active and healthy life.

As a business leader and health care administrator, I know that when we improve the lives of individuals and families, we create an environment for business to grow and prosper. I know the importance of creating a healthy environment that includes public spaces, neighborhoods, workplaces and homes.

As a board member of United Way of Madison County, I know the difference our programs, services and partnerships make in the lives of people every day – especially in the lives of those who have not had the essential elements of support that I enjoyed. I have been fortunate to meet people who have a new direction, new hope and new sense of purpose because of the assistance they have received through United Way.

As chair of the 2017 United Way campaign, I know how important it is to work together toward a common goal.  Together, we hope to raise $800,091 to continue to help people not just survive, but to THRIVE. Every investment in United Way becomes a path to safe and secure housing, to learning opportunities, to better nutrition, to improved health, to employment and to supportive relationships.

United Way began as a way to bring communities together to improve the quality of life for everyone. Many changes have occurred in the more than 130 years since its inception, but that original goal remains the same because changing lives and changing communities requires all of us working together. To live better, we must live united.

We live here together. We can make our community THRIVE together. United Way is unique in that it asks each of us to invest what we can to help all of us live better.  Here’s how:, P. O. Box 1200, Anderson, 46015, or call 765-643-7493.

I ask you to join me in building a healthy, thriving Madison County for everyone.  Please, Live United by supporting United Way of Madison County.


Beth Tharp, Community Hospital Anderson President & CEO
2017 United Way Campaign Chair