The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 27, 2009

Build a better community


Everyone feels the pinch of the nation’s recession, regardless of what the experts say these days. Those on the upper end of the income scale watch investments tumble while those on the lower end of the income scale see job opportunities shrivel.

The need for a variety of community services remains the one thing constant among the economic turmoil. And that’s where campaigns such as the one launched by the United Way of Danville Area comes into play.

This year’s goal stands at $850,000, roughly $10 for every Vermilion County resident. That investment yields a true wealth of assistance for those in need, especially the county’s youngest and oldest citizens.

Contributions of even a few dollars combine to provide assistance to hundreds of our neighbors.

The member agencies are: American Red Cross; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Prairielands Council of the Boy Scouts; Boys & Girls Club; Catholic Charities Diocese of Peoria; Center for Children’s Services; Cerebral Palsy Clinic of Vermilion County; CRIS Senior Services; Crosspoint Human Services; Danville Family YMCA; Girl Scouts of Central Illinois; Laura Lee Fellowship House; Peer Court Inc.; Prairie Center Health Systems Inc.; Project Success; Salvation Army; and Your Family Resource Connection.

These agencies help people put their lives back together. They help children grow into successful adults. They help senior citizens obtain assistance to live comfortably. They provide food, shelter and even protection to those in need.

Many area businesses conduct campaigns to help the United Way. Even though things are really tough this year, try to give even a few dollars to the cause.

Money raised by the United Way helps build a stronger community. Be a part of that effort this year.