Here’s the end of the year blog.  I’ve been thinking about it a lot.  I’ve been stalling publishing the blog on the soon to be out of here old website and loading them into the soon to be new website.  Can’t wait.  I’m sure that’s true for some of you.

 

As I’ve been thinking about this, I thought about this year.  I don’t know too many folks desperately happy for this year to end and while we don’t want to wish away time, it seems somewhat universal this year can end.  And as always, there’s anticipation with the new.  So get ready…

 

We can’t enter it though without appreciating who you are, how you are and what you bring to our world.  My challenge for you this coming year is to let go of 2016, really let go, and choose what is yours to do in 2017.  I hope you’ll share what that might be.  I’m going to be focused on people in need.  That’s not new for United Way and yet it is going to be honed this coming year.  You can help!  If you’re interested in education, join the Big Idea movement!  Let’s get the Class of 2020 graduated and I mean the whole class!  It’s okay to aspire to 100%.  Join us!  If you’re interested in health, join us in maximizing wellness.  There are children to protect, mental health concerns for all ages, and connecting people in need to people who can help.  If you’re interested in income stability, become a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteer!  You can help schedule, prepare taxes, and be a greeter.  There’s plenty to do.  And finally, if you’re interested in transportation, help us remove barriers to work, to school, and to needed appointments.  We have a place for you and if you’re interested in something that moves you that’s different – do it!  Now’s a good time.

 

Back to appreciated.  Do you know good ole Webster’s says there are three definitions.  For me, this end of year blog, deals with all of them.  The first one is the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.  Let me be clear, I appreciated your efforts this year.  United Way is the great organization we are because of the contributions of more than 1700 volunteers who serve on committees, councils, Day of Caring, campaign, you name it.  Thank you.  The second definition is full understanding of a situation.  I think we get it.  We did good this year, so others could do well.  And there’s much more to do.  You are important to our ability to do our work.   Stay involved.  Stay connected.  Engage others in your community passion.  And finally, the every cheesy, end of year appeal.  Appreciated also means an increase in monetary value.  Finally we have a standing brokerage account and can accept your appreciated stocks.  Today, tomorrow, it’s okay to call your broker and have them give shares of appreciate stock to United Way of Jackson County’s account.

 

Please share in our appreciation.  Tell people you love, you love them.  Tell people you care about what you care about.  Tell people you appreciate that you appreciate them.  On to 2017….cheerio,