Help those in Marshall County with critical needs

The United Way campaign for 2014 is quickly drawing to a close and at this writing they have raised 63 percent of their goal of $770,000. There is still time to give and I know it will be much appreciated by the Marshalltown Area United Way, all of the member agencies and of course the recipients of the agency’s services.

I have been a loyal supporter of Marshalltown Area United Way since at least 2001, when I began my role as executive director of Iowa River Hospice. Our hospice is one of the 24 agencies supported by this United Way and the more I learned about them the stronger my allegiance became. It is eye-opening to see what is accomplished by these agencies with the help of United Way money. Many agencies receive less and less of government support and other assistance and rely heavily on the help of United Way. If some did not receive this support they would of course not be able to offer many of the much needed services they do now. And of course that would affect hundreds of Marshall County folks with critical needs.

I have in the past had the honor to serve on the Campaign Cabinet of our Area United Way and have seen the amazing work of the devoted co-chairs and many other volunteers. And of course, I would be remiss to not mention Nancy Steveson and Deb Imsland. Nancy, with 35 years of experience with Marshalltown Area United Way is the mastermind behind what is accomplished and Deb’s assistance is invaluable.

So, please open your hearts and give to the 2014 United Way campaign. From my experience with this Marshalltown Area United Way I promise you it will be used wisely and for the good of many in Marshall County. No gift is too small or too large and you will be rewarded by knowing you have helped sustain the good works performed by the 24 agencies caring for your loved ones, friends, neighbors, or possibly yourself some day. An Ugandan Proverb: “When the heart gives, the hands open.”