Young people. Old people. Healthy people. Sick people. People of wealth, people with no wealth. People of various cultural upbringing. People with much education, people with no education. People in crises. People with no crises. At any given moment how different we all are, and yet, we are all the same.United Way leverages resources to invest in our community, making it a better place to live, work and play for all. Simply put, we want what you want. We want a robust healthy community were individuals are valued, education is a priority, access to health care is available to all, and business thrives. Based upon the need of local non-profits seeking financial help the United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties Board of Directors has set a goal to raise $750,000 during the 2013-2014 campaign drive. Campaign Chair Don Gurnard is confident that the goal will be reached. United Way conducts work place giving campaigns, working with local business, education, medical, agriculture, government and other industries that provide the opportunity for employees to help others through simple payroll deduction giving. Anyone can give, no amount is too small or large, and while payroll deduction is the easiest way, United Way recognizes that individuals have unique circumstances and accepts one time donations of cash, check, credit/debit cards and gift of stock. We can also set-up reoccurring bill options. The locally operated United Way is governed by 25 board members and utilizes more than one hundred volunteers to help raise the funds and make grant award decisions to support over 40 programs in Chelan and Douglas County. We believe education, income and health are the foundation for a good life. A quality education is essential to getting and keeping a job. An adequate income is important for economic stability. Good health is critical for everyone, especially families with children. United Way has always supported these areas by funding a safety net of essential human services. Our goal is to also address some of the systemic issues and achieve long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place.To volunteer, establish a workplace campaign, or to give to United Way please contact us at 662-8261. Alan Walker

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