IN and around the central part of West Virginia, there are thousands of people who need assistance. Some children need extra help in school, yet their families don't have the means to provide a tutor.
Some families don't have enough food at home to feed their children or the money to furnish shoes, coats or other clothes for themselves.
Some families unexpectedly find themselves without a home.
Some people suddenly need an emergency escape from an abusive partner or parent.
Some people who normally don't need help find themselves in a crisis and don't know where to turn.
How do those of us who are in safe and stable situations find the best way to help people in our area who are suffering?
It's easy. We turn to the United Way of Central West Virginia.
The mission of the local United Way is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community.
For many, the United Way of Central West Virginia is the charity of choice. It's known for its ability to identify needs, develop and mobilize resources, create shared leadership and enhance the capacity to build a better community.
The organization, led by a local board of directors and operated by a small and dedicated staff, provides funding and assistance to more than 60,000 people via 26 social service agencies and seven initiatives.