As we admire the vibrant leaves this fall, it is important to realize that the leaves continue to give even after they drop. They serve as a layer that preserves water for the plants around them as well as a source of food for other small organisms.
These leaves are much like donations. When people give, they are excited at the beauty in the thought that they were able to assist better their own community. They can promptly tell you in detail about the cause they are giving to and why. After some time, however, they forget their initial reasoning for why they gave and who the money is benefiting; it becomes a thing of the past. Little do they see, however, that their donation is just beginning to start something magical. It is about to completely transform another’s life. The real power of the donation comes when the money can actually be put to use by one of the many great organizations the United Way funds. While many do not physically see it, their donations are making a lasting impact, just like the fallen leaves.
Last year’s campaign donations resulted in some amazing outcomes: 7,000 basic needs were met; 12,000 families or children had access to educational programming from 18 different local programs; and 16 partner programs improved the health and quality of life for over 13,000 people. These things could not have been accomplished without the donations the United Way receives.
During this season of thanks, I want to say thank you to everyone who has donated to the United Way of Wyandotte County and the incredible agencies and programs the United Way funds. If you have donated, but not volunteered, I encourage you to take the next step and contact our Volunteer Center. Your donation will become even more personal as you get the opportunity to put a face and name to those you are giving. Don’t let the fallen leaves lose importance just because you can’t see what they are doing; donate your time to get a first-hand experience to what your dollar is really accomplishing.