United Way donations meet many needs

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As we begin to enter the joyous holiday season and start to think about being generous with our loved ones, it is imperative that we not forget the less fortunate individuals in our community.

With today’s ever-changing economic and social challenges, it is important that we remember the support required by the many local agencies that serve citizens of the CSRA who are in need. We are in the middle stretch of our annual campaign at United Way of the CSRA, with a goal of $4,100,000, and we continue to move forward in our efforts to help fund such services.

THE MISSION of United Way of the CSRA is to improve life in our community by maximizing the impact of charitable contributions. At United Way, we measure our services through an outcome-based assessment. Each of our agencies’ programs sponsored by your dollars is required to measure the impact and outcome of your investment, thereby assuring that we remain effective and efficient.

Our community is one of the best around at assuring that services are covered for those in need, and we continue to see encouraging signs from the many ongoing drives to support our campaign. However, we need the support of the CSRA as a whole to be able to continue to properly meet the needs of this great community.

AS A LIFELONG resident of Augusta, I have seen firsthand how this community takes care of our citizens when challenges and intense, life-altering trials arise. United Way is a great vehicle for providing that kind of support. I want to remind you that our goal is not small because our challenges are not small. We are trying to have a dramatic, life-changing effect on those who need our help, and we need your support to do so.

I ask you to thoughtfully and prayerfully consider making a donation to United Way of the CSRA’s Annual Campaign. We desire to affect lives through the caring power of our community, and we believe that the CSRA will come together to give, advocate and volunteer, enabling us to Live United. Please visit uwcsra.org to find out more about United Way or to give a donation. Every dollar counts. Thank you.

(The writer is the United Way of the CSRA’s 2013 Campaign Chairman.)

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deestafford 12/15/13 - 10:48 am
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The United Way of the CSRA is a good organization;

The United Way of the CSRA is a good organization; however, I have concerns about the United Way at the national level that pays its president $375,000 per year in salary plus expenses. By all means donate to the local charity because it is trustworthy and a good steward of the money.

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soapy_725 12/15/13 - 11:39 am
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Be very careful who actually gets your charitable donation. Do
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not trust every cry for help. Children, handicapped veterans and the homeless make very good examples of suffering. But the UW doles out its money based on "the number you help", not the severity of the need.

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soapy_725 12/15/13 - 11:40 am
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No matter how much you give, an agency only gets the budgeted
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amount. Designating to a particular agency is futile to extent UW has already decided what t hey will get in $$.

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soapy_725 12/15/13 - 11:42 am
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UW decided how much money goes to Boys Club or Paraplegics.
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UW decided if money goes to Boys Club or Paraplegics.

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soapy_725 12/15/13 - 11:43 am
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Want to help paraplegics, give to paraplegics. No middle man.
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Want to help paraplegics, give to paraplegics. No middle man.

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soapy_725 12/15/13 - 11:43 am
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Collecting money has a price. Ask the CC Tax Commissioner.
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Collecting money has a price. Ask the CC Tax Commissioner.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/15/13 - 11:44 am
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Sending out all of those "buck slips". And repetative buck slips
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And thank you letters. And more buck slips.

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soapy_725 12/15/13 - 11:46 am
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Collecting charitable donations cost $$$. Volunteers do the work
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Executives take home a salary and benefits.

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