Column | Giving is an investment in community

Great things happen when we Live United.

We believe that when we come together to support our community we make a real impact. Each of us plays an important part in keeping our communities strong and healthy.

Supporting the 2014 Centre County United Way annual campaign is one way we can Live United.

As campaign co-chairs we feel a responsibility to the United Way Partner Agencies and to our community.

Without funding, our agency’s programs will suffer. Without our agency’s programs, our community will suffer.

No one benefits in this situation.

When we Live United, everyone wins. When you give what you can to United Way, your gift combines with your neighbors’ gifts and ensures that all of the agencies receive support — not just a few.

Because the money donated to Centre County stays in Centre County, you can trust that your investment will address the issues that matter most to our community. You can also trust that every United Way-funded program is demonstrating measurable and lasting results.

We know that giving a hungry person a meal will not prevent hunger. We know that providing a night in a shelter will not end homelessness.

We also know that United Way brings people, organizations and resources together to develop solutions to our community’s needs.

Centre County United Way and our partner agencies are working together to focus on education, income stability and health, which are the building blocks for a good quality of life.

We are proud and honored to be leading over 100 community volunteers as we work toward our $2,125,000 goal. We ask you to join us. Live United.