The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

October 12, 2013

United Way helping others in community

‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

This proverb sums up what most people believe. It is possible to sustain someone for a short time by supplying their needs, but if people are taught skills, they have the opportunity to support themselves for life.

But what if you are developmentally disabled and cannot put bait on a hook in the same way as others? Perhaps you are so hungry that you cannot focus on just where to cast your line. You may not have a safe place to leave your infant so that you can go find the fishing hole, or maybe you are not in good enough health to walk across the fields and get there.

United Way of Clinton County strives to improve life for many by supporting programs to address health and education, as well as temporary financial assistance.

United Way of Clinton County supported programs help 8,500 people every year to have healthy life choices for recreation, social activities and diet. Good health is a foundation for success at work, at school, and at play. Without good health, adults cannot work and children struggle to learn.

Funded programs range from scholarships for recreational youth sports programs to domestic violence shelters.

United Way of Clinton County invests in children so that they have an opportunity to learn and grow into successful adults. One way United Way of Clinton County, Iowa helps is by supporting programs giving access to early learning opportunities for children who would not otherwise have them available. Economically disadvantaged children enter kindergarten one-two years behind in language and other skills. Through these types of programs, school readiness skills are provided to over 300 preschool-aged children. Other supported programs range from scouting and youth mentoring for at risk kids to educational and social activities that build and retain skills for developmentally disabled.

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