In Marshall County a family, struggling with personal crisis, has started on the road to recovery at the Salvation Army. A couple has found solace in sharing their grief with a group called Compassionate Friends. A young girl has found companionship, hope and encouragement through the Big Brothers & Big Sisters program.
These agencies - and more than 20 others - each serve unique needs in our community and are sustained in part by the Marshalltown Area United Way.
These services are at the forefront of state and federal budget cuts. Each agency will be looking for ways to do more work in our community, with less money.
They will have fewer dollars, but the same number of people needing their services - perhaps more.
The United Way has been helping support programs in our community for the past 81 years. It's because of your financial support that we have the programs in our community to help the people who need it the most.
At noon on Thursday, the Marshalltown Area United Way will host its campaign kickoff for the 2011-1012 year. Hosted by US Bank, 123 West Main St., the public is invited to attend a program and premier of the campaign. Lunch reservations can be made with the United Way through Tuesday.
We encourage community members to attend this event to help show your support for this year's campaign. Meanwhile, learn about the 24 agencies and how your donation can help change lives in the Marshalltown area.
We also encourage you to look at ways you can raise money for this purpose - within your businesses, faith organizations and homes.
The nonprofit agencies that benefit from our donations need an extra boost this year. Marshalltown is known for supporting great ideas and programs in the community - let's make that true this year with the United Way campaign, and help them meet their goal.