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WDAM Guest Editorial- United Way

I'm Dan Kibodeaux, director of United Way of Southeast Mississippi.  We've just wrapped up our 2013 fundraising campaign which supports all 21 of our community investment partners and programs that serve people in need here in our community.  Your United Way and our partners are at work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week helping people throughout our area and I want to thank you for making that possible.

At United Way, we're more than fundraisers.  We're a community impact organization, focused on creating opportunities for achievement and advancement.  In the fundamental areas of education, financial stability, health, and support services, we use the community's resources to help people live a better life and gain control of their future.  Here are just a few examples:

-       Through our work with Excel By 5, we're helping families prepare their young children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

-       With our financial literacy program, we're helping people climb out of poverty and gain control of their financial destinies.

-       Through the work of our partners, we help victims of crime and domestic violence to get back on their feet and overcome the effects of abuse.

-       With the help of our agencies, we're developing programs of exercise and diet that will help people live healthier lifestyles by fighting childhood and adult obesity.

-       Through our partners, we help abused and neglected children as well as those with special needs to live productive lives.

The list goes on and on and you make all of it possible through the generous giving of your time and your resources.

At the end of the day, it's not about how much money we raised.  It's about the outcomes we achieved with that money.  Our annual goal isn't about a dollar amount.  It's about the lives that we've impacted with those dollars.  It's all about what you make possible.  Thanks for "Living United".

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