The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

August 15, 2013

Through your giving, United Way makes a difference in residents' lives

By Travis Flatten
Special to the Herald

---- — The United Way of Clinton County is solving problems in our community. These positive results did not happen by chance, but by choice because generous people in our community invested in the United Way to make an impact in the education, income and health of our communities.

The twenty-five funded United Way programs received more than 40,000 requests for assistance last year and provided more than $400,000 in services to Clinton County residents.

Your gift of any size can make a difference. A contribution of $10, $25, $50, $100, $250 or more is combined with those from area business and industry along with those from your friends, neighbors, and family to tackle tough community issues and implement effective solutions.

Our community prospers when students graduate prepared for work, career, or college; families achieve financial stability and everyone leads healthy lives.

Deciding how your charitable donation can make the greatest impact can be challenging. At United Way of Clinton County, Iowa, we understand. Every day, we work with community leaders, non-profit agencies and engaged citizens — people just like you — to make tough decisions about how to have the greatest impact on the community’s most critical issues. As your United Way, we work for you — listening, compiling data, leading community conversations, motivating and inspiring volunteers, organizing collaborative efforts, and pursuing resources and partners to implement strategies that deliver measurable results.

We ask you to join us in raising at least $620,000 in this fall’s annual campaign. Partner agencies need $100,000 more to help everyone that walks through their door. If you have enjoyed an increase in income, consider giving a little more this year. Funded programs stretch their dollars as much as they can, yet costs go up for them as well expenses for those they serve, every year. Your continued and generous support helps family, friends and neighbors when they need help.

The United Way of Clinton County, Iowa is local and accountable; you know exactly where your money is invested and the impact it has.

Travis Flatten is the United Way 2013 Campaign Chairman.