Local partnerships change lives for the better

Nov. 15, 2012 @ 11:32 AM

Published Nov. 10, 2012

One of the big lessons Mother Nature teaches us when dangerous storms like “Sandy” strike is this: At some point in our lives, each one of us needs help from others.  Sometimes it’s the small things that can give us a boost and improve our lives; other times, we are very vulnerable and have multiple needs.
That’s the beauty of an organization like United Way.  Its strong partnerships with many community organizations – and those organizations with one another – mean that on ordinary days in Greater High Point, there are many resources available to us, should we need them. Services through Family Service of the Piedmont, Communities In Schools, and Senior Resources of Guilford come to mind.  Still other services that enrich our lives are also part of the United Way framework – through programs at The YMCA and YWCA, and scouting, for example.
Then there are the “safety net” organizations that work with the most vulnerable among us, at United Way partner agencies like Open Door Ministries, The Salvation Army, The American Red Cross, and The Community Clinic.  We are thankful to count organizations like Hospice, Triad Health Project, and Alcohol & Drug Services as our partners. And there are even more, while not traditionally funded by United Way, that stand in partnership with us in Greater High Point – West End Ministries, Ward Street Mission, COAT, and Macedonia Family Resource Center, to name a few.  All of them work very hard to serve anyone who needs their help, both independently, and as a part of the United Way network of health and  human services that is funded by your support.
As the 2012 Campaign Chair for the United Way of Greater High Point, I urge you to please make the most generous donation you can to your local United Way.  If you have already given, please accept my deepest thanks.  If you have not, now is the time.
Many of us can count more blessings than challenges in our lives, and we are indeed fortunate.  For us, United Way is the best way to keep our community safe, strong, and healthy.  For many of our neighbors, however, the services provided by your donations through United Way partner agencies are a lifeline, a source of shelter from life’s sudden storms.  We must keep those lifelines intact and strong.
Regardless of where you live in the Triad as you read this, please know that your local United Way is working hard to make sure that its partnerships change lives for the better. And take to heart this quote on the essence of compassion: “Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and wrong – because some time in your life, you will have been all of these.”
Every dollar matters.  Please make your donation to your United Way today. Many thanks!

Tim Ilderton lives in High Point.