UW Sunday Column 9-14-14: Our Community is Better United

This past week, United Way kicked off its annual campaign, marking the 92nd year in which our nonprofit, community and business leaders came together for the betterment of our community. Over the years, many of Springfield’s most distinguished citizens have stepped forward to lead this community-wide effort.

Individuals bearing the Lanphier, Troxell, Bunn, Shnirring and Cadigan names represent only a fraction of people on this long list of campaign chairs. As such, our family is humbled and deeply honored to lead this year’s United Way campaign.

Within our family, we know

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UW Sunday Column 9-7-14: Stop donating, start investing

United Way of Central Illinois kicks off its 2014 campaign with a breakfast this week.

And how would you react if I were to ask you and all prospective donors not to make a donation to United Way this year?

Would you think it was strange and that I was crazy?

After all, why on earth would the president of our local United Way ask the public not to donate?

United Way doesn’t want your donation. We want your investment. I am asking and would encourage you to consider an investment in United Way’s Community Fund…an investment in your community…an investment which you expect us to demonstrate positive, meaningful change in our community.

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UW Sunday Column 8-31-14: How to raise awareness of domestic violence in October

Did you know?

On average in the United States, more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends and at least one in three women globally are beaten, raped or otherwise abused during her lifetime. In most cases, the abuser is a member of her own family.

Domestic violence is a costly and persistent problem in our country, causing victims, as well as witnesses and innocent bystanders, in every community to suffer incalculable pain and loss.

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UW Sunday Column 8-24-14: Committed to meeting basic community needs

It is that time of year again, back to school.

I was in the store getting groceries, and there it was … the display for back-to-school supplies. How is it that the summer goes by so fast?

I was struck by a mom who was going over the required supply list and telling her son that they could not afford the newest and latest binder.

It made me think of Kendra, one of the moms who now stays in our Transitional Shelter with her six children, five of whom need school supplies, backpacks and new tennis shoes all before school starts.

Back to school can be an exciting time for kids but going back to school not knowing if you will have what you need to start school or more importantly where you will sleep each night is scary.

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