As we come to the close of National Volunteer Month, I would like to recognize the many volunteers who support United Way and the many agencies it funds.
One in three individuals within our community receives services from a United Way-funded agency; this would not be possible if it were not for people's generous contributions and support.
Again this year, United Way's campaign will take place in the fall, and the public's support will be crucial. Even though the campaign takes place in the fall, the need for services is year-round, as evidenced most recently by the flood relief and tornado recovery efforts. This is in addition to the daily needs of basic services such as food and shelter.
I would like to thank all those who have contributed in the past and encourage others to find it in their hearts to donate to the campaign and volunteer in the effort this year.
Many people in our community do not know where to turn when they need help. United Way has established a one-stop shop to help individuals who need assistance. By calling 2-1-1, individuals can speak with a United Way call center specialist who will guide them to the vital services available. This number can also be used by those seeking volunteer opportunities within the community.
It takes everyone working together to help people to keep our communities strong.
Board Chairman, Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis