To The Editor:
As we come to another Thanksgiving, we know that it is a time to thank those who mean so much — our families and our friends, and those we may not know but who have touched our lives in certain ways.
While it is a time to reflect on our blessings, it is also a time to show our concern for those not as fortunate. Because this community has such a caring spirit, many will be able to have a far better holiday season and year ahead.
It is wonderful to once again see the people of Cleveland and Bradley County showing how much they care about their neighbors in need by donating generously to United Way of Bradley County.
We want everyone to be able to live their lives to the fullest, despite what difficulties they may have. Many will be unable to do so without the assistance from our United Way program partners, so we are very thankful that we have these organizations in our community, and are so thankful that we are able to help them in their task of helping others.
United Way of Bradley County knows that we cannot do this alone, and that is why we partner with so many great community programs and initiatives. We also know that there are many other groups in our community that are also helping others in need, so we continue to work toward collaborations with them, in a UNITED way of assisting those in need.
Thank you to all who provide help within our community, and thank you for letting us share our work with you to better the lives of those who need a helping hand.
We have our annual campaign, which we are nearing the close of for 2013, and we still need your help to reach our goal. Funds that are donated to United Way help the newborn to the elderly, the sick and afflicted to the young needing direction in their lives, to those involved in dangerous situations to those who normally would not need help, but find themselves in an emergency situation. Your donation and others’ donations are important in funding the services to help these individuals and families.
To those who have given to the United Way campaign this year, we thank you. To those who plan to make a contribution, but haven’t done so yet, we thank you.
To those who have not made a pledge to United Way of Bradley County this year, we challenge you to GIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER somewhere that will have an impact on our community. Even if it is not with the United Way, find a way to serve your neighbors.
To our volunteers involved with this year’s campaign, thank you so much. Without your help, it would be impossible to provide the services to the community. Our volunteers who participated in our Day of Action in August … you helped many people and we thank you for your service.
And, to those who receive assistance through United Way program partners, we hope that UNITED, we can make a difference for you in this holiday season.
— Art Rhodes
United Way of Bradley County
for its help
To The Editor:
This is the perfect time of year to say “thank you” to this community for blessing us with nearly a century’s worth of support.
Chattanooga Goodwill Industries opened its doors in 1923. Our mission was then and is now to help people with disabilities get work experience, learn skills, find good jobs, earn paychecks, enjoy independence and contribute to their communities.
Over the years, we’ve expanded our service area, started new programs, added several retail stores and helped thousands of people. But these achievements aren’t ours alone.
They also belong to the donors who give us the gently used items we sell in our stores, to the shoppers whose purchases of those donations provide funds to support our programs, to the employers that hire our clients who have participated in those programs, and others.
We are grateful for their contributions to our work, past and present. Together we have built an agency that this year will help nearly 8,000 people.
We join with those 8,000 people in saying, “Thank you donors, shoppers, volunteers, employers and employees for believing in Chattanooga Goodwill Industries.”
— Dennis Brice
President & CEO
Chattanooga Goodwill Industries Inc.