Dear Auburn Colleague:
I am honored to have been asked to be the Honorary Chairman of this year's United Way of Lee County campaign. During the months of October and November, Auburn University faculty, staff and students will be participating in our annual United Way campaign. Although it may be a familiar name to most of us, I have a concern that people may not really understand what United Way is and what their gift to United Way really does. United Way is about meeting local needs. United Way is about neighbor helping neighbor and others in their community that they might never get to meet. It is about making a difference. It is about changing lives.
The theme for this year's fundraising campaign is BE THE ONE! It is a call to action for each of us to make a difference in the lives of those in our community that might be hurting or need a little help.
Can you Be The ONE to put food on the table of a family that might otherwise have nothing?
Can you Be The ONE to help buy the materials to teach an adult to read so that they can better care for their themselves and their families?
Can you Be The ONE to help support afterschool programs that build young people's character and mold them for success?
Perhaps you could Be The ONE to help provide safety and counseling for the abused child.
Your gift to United Way of Lee County does all this and more…right here where we live and work. Your gift will go to support 29 agencies and programs in our area, services ranging from childcare to eldercare.
When it's United Way time, we tend to think about the money. But today I'm asking you to think about the lives you are changing, the hope you are giving to others, because you cared enough to step up to the plate and say, “I will BE THE ONE to make a difference!
Auburn University faculty and staff are a major part of our United Way giving in Lee County. There are so many people depending on the services provided with United Way funding. Let's make this year be the year we reach our goal of $140,000 and work to help those who are less fortunate and in need in our community. Let's make the commitment to BE THE ONE and hit it out of the park!
Coach Butch Thompson,
Head Coach, Auburn University Baseball