I am a board member of United Way of North Central Iowa, and I couldn't be more proud of the direction and impact United Way brings to our communities. United Way has shared decision-making with knowledgeable groups that include agency representatives. United Way is working on developing even stronger relationships with our funded partners so we can work together to focus and invest in the greatest needs of our communities.

United Way investment decisions are made carefully by thoughtful volunteers from surrounding communities and from all walks of life. Be assured each investment decision is based on community need that has been identified through our funded partners, community conversations, research and the impact on health, education and financial stability.

I encourage each of you to become an active investor in your community by supporting the United Way in any way you can. Not just during campaign time but year round. Bring hope to those who need it most. Together we can make a difference.

Connie Morrison, Clear Lake