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Letters To The Editor

January 31, 2014

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 31, 2014

Increased need

TO THE EDITOR: The need for the services that United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc. helps support has never been greater.

Employment, construction and tourism are down, yet gas, food and utility costs are rising.

Demands on public agencies, food pantries, utility funds and free clinics are much higher than last year and from people who have never had to resort to asking for help before.

Our main role is providing financial support to our 40 partner agencies.

We do not just provide a blank check to these agencies. Funds are designated to specific programs with measurable outcome objectives, ensuring the funds invested on your behalf are making the greatest impact on community needs.

I realize that many are facing financial pressures in their own families, but I hope people will give as generously as they can.

I’m sure we all know someone who has been helped by one of the United Way partner agencies — a friend, neighbor, co-worker or quite likely your own family. Please know that 100 percent of your donation can be made to a specific agency on your behalf. You can decide where your money is going.

United Way of the Adirondack Region needs your help this year. If you work for one of the 135 businesses that offers payroll deduction, that is the easiest way. If your employer doesn’t offer a workplace campaign, please ask if they will start one.

If you did not get a letter and would like to donate, please call the office at 563-0028. Even a small amount can make a big difference in the lives of those in need in our communities.

Please pledge your support today for United Way of the Adirondack Region and help us reach our goal.

ELLEN GORDON

2014 Campaign co-chair

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