Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

December 1, 2013

County United Way is inspired by people

The story of County United Way is the story of our community — its needs, its fortunes, its successes, its troubles, its highs, its lows, its people and its leaders.

For the past 56 years, County United Way has been an organization woven into the fiber of the community.     Many leaders, executives and volunteers have given of their time, talent and energy to serve on countless committees to see that lives improve all around them.

County United Way is also about the tens of thousands of individual donors whose generosity embodies the spirit of “Living United.”

The story of County United Way is about the affiliated community partners who provide programs and services supported by County United Way to address specific needs of the community and the thousands of friends and neighbors who have received aid, comfort and benefits from these agencies.

The Boy Scouts of the Potomac Council, the Salvation Army, the YMCA, the American Red Cross, Girl Scouts of Nations Capital and Black Diamond Council, Garrett Mentors, Garrett Community Action, Human Resources Development Commission, the Western Maryland Food Bank, Energy Express, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Family Crisis Resource Center, Tri-Towns After School Program and Piedmont Library are some of the agencies whose programs funded by County United Way directly impact lives in our community.

More than 40,000 children, adults and families in the four county region — Allegany, Garrett, Hampshire and Mineral — receive direct assistance, support and education through programs funded by County United Way.

In Allegany County alone, more than 11,000 people EACH month are receiving food through the Western Maryland Food Bank. With the reduction of food stamps, this need becomes even greater throughout the entire region.

County United Way was born from the caring of the community to respond to people’s needs and today United Way still draws its inspiration from people throughout the region.

Fifty-six years later, County United Way is focused on improving lives, engaging the community, producing outcomes, utilizing collective resources, networking and solving the needs of the region.

Your donation to the County United Way annual campaign has a tremendous impact on thousands of individuals and that impact can be seen every hour throughout the day right here in our community.

You have the power to change lives — it’s the power of your dollar.

Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to County United Way, 71 Baltimore St., 3rd Floor, Cumberland, MD 21502. The website is www.cuw.org, facebook CUWROCKS or call 301-722-2700.                     

Mary Beth Pirolozzi

Executive director

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