United Way goal a long way off yet, please
As we pause to give thanks at this time of year, I am awed at the generosity of North Central Iowa and the willingness to make our communities better for everyone. You have stepped up like champions when the United Way has asked your support, whether it was through workplace campaigns, individual giving or annual events such as the Day of Caring. Your donations are vital to the success of the current campaign.
Your support helps United Way of North Central Iowa fight for children and adults alike in providing needed assistance and stability in every community throughout our eight-county region. This year, your support will help ensure that children and adults in need will receive assistance in Education, Income Management and Health Programs to mention a few. This assistance specifically targets childhood and adult success, economic mobility and access to health programs. It will help lift people to long-term financial stability and provide them with the support they need today.
Your donation funds more than 20 agencies in the North Iowa Region. We still have quite a bit to raise to hit the $826,000 goal in the near future. I hope you will visit https://www.unitedwaynci.org to learn more about the great work happening in the region and make your donation.
Thanks again for your generosity. Please invest in the North Iowa Region through United Way and make an impact and long term change for the better.
My husband and I (both retired teachers) don’t regularly get the Globe Gazette, but we picked one up on Thanksgiving so that we could see the special ads.
On the front page was an interesting article about a family who raises turkeys. What first caught my attention about the article, however, was the glaring error in large letters in the title: “The Helfter’s know turkey.”
There should NOT have been an apostrophe in “Helfter’s.” It should have been “Helfters.” Imagine my surprise to see the same error TWO more times in the same article. Perhaps your regular proofreaders were on vacation, but every journalist should be well aware of the correct usage of grammar and punctuation in every article they write.
Claudia Tillman, Forest City
Donation to United Way helps Mitchell County
The Bridges Mentoring Program is entering its 21st year of providing mentoring services to youth in Mitchell County. Our mission is to strengthen the self-esteem and social skills of children and youth by providing positive mentoring relationships at no cost to the families.
We serve children in the Riceville, St. Ansgar and Osage school districts. Through mentoring, youth have increased self-confidence, improved relationships in their school and community, be exposed to new experiences while giving parents an increased positive support system.
Mentors can play a strong role in shaping who our children become, how they connect to their world and their educational and personal success. A once a week interaction can become a lifelong friendship.
For the last 12 years the Bridges Mentoring Program has been supported by our caring community, through support of our fundraisers and through donations to United Way. Being able to request funds from the United Way to help offset our tight budget is simply amazing and vital to the sustainability of our program.
It definitely takes a village to keep our programs alive and United Way is an essential member of that village. Please consider making a donation, personally or through workplace giving to United Way so they can continue to support our essential organization. Also, consider mentoring. You don’t need special skills to serve as a role model and make a lasting impression, just a positive outlook and a willingness to interact. A good place to start is with Bridges Mentoring Program. The impact you have can make a world of difference in the life of a child.
Lacey Waller, Bridges Mentoring Program coordinator