Carbon High students decorate trees that will eventually be donated to the United Way for the Angel Tree program. The United Way encompasses many kinds of giving and donation programs in the local area.
We are really looking forward to an exciting time in the newest phase of United Way of Eastern Utah's history. We kicked off our annual giving campaign with a ribbon cutting on the Oct. 6. It was a great opportunity for United Way to share with the public some of the newly enhanced and expanded services offered through our office. We are working with our community investors and partner agencies to improve our community. We are very appreciative of their continued support including financial, volunteer, and in kind donations. We can never say thank you enough, but hope they know the real difference they have made in their community.
United Way exists because of the generosity of volunteers like Kellie Criswell who is a full time volunteer, assisting in the United Way office during business hours. Kellie answers phones and helps families in need when unforeseen events occur. We are very thankful that she is willing to help support United Way through her volunteerism and commitment to service. If you have the capacity to participate as a volunteer or need information on partner agencies you will her professionalism refreshing. We look forward to building our resources to expand in 2011.
Many of our communities have an increased need for services while noting a decrease in annual giving as sited in a recent Associated Press article stating donations across the United States are realizing the worst decline in twenty years. The funds which are raised locally stay local; the majority of our administrative and overhead expenditures are met by our Cornerstone Partners.
Terry Willis, a United Way of Eastern Utah board member, said "Cornerstone partnerships, which include businesses and individuals, are imperative to the foundation of your local United Way's operation."
United Way is made up of a very supportive board with the aspiration to make a difference. The Board Chair Marvin Mutz said recently that "if there is one thing we are known for, it's mobilizing a community in times of need as in the case of Angel Tree and the Information and Referral services for volunteer support. We are hosting our annual Angel Tree Program, now in its 26th year."
Angel Tree applications are being accepted through close of business Nov. 12. Last year the program served over 450 families.
Beginning in January 2011, United Way will host six AmeriCorps Vistas in the Eastern Utah region for the purpose of managing volunteer information and service projects.
"We have the opportunity to make a difference in our community through service and contributions. United Way is the leader of giving, advocating, and connecting volunteers in Eastern Utah," said Nicole Defa, United Way Office manager.
If you would like to participate by being an Angel Tree sponsor, a cornerstone partner, or a community investor please contact United Way of Eastern Utah at 435-637-8911 or come into the office located at 67 E. Main St in Price and meet our staff, including the newest member of our team, Anne Boyle.
For additional information concerning United Way programs, partners and projects United Way supports please contact us at our website www.uwseu.org or come in to the office.