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Starting Today, Give for Tomorrow

Together, we can build a tomorrow that is better than yesterday. For every single one of us. All we need to do is Start Today United.

By Bill Bechtold, United Way of Franklin County 2020 Campaign Chair

Our new normal is a world of uncertainty and change. That will take some getting used to. But we need to do more than adapt to a post-pandemic world. We need to build a better one. Thousands of people in our community devastated by the events of 2020 need your support to rebuild their lives.

At the beginning of the year, none of us were prepared for what we would confront. And no one knew how many in our community would need our help. Faced with a once-in-a-generation challenge, Franklin County stepped up. United Way staff, donors, volunteers and our entire community came together in an unprecedented way. We helped our neighbors who were most impacted by the global pandemic and economic downturn get the relief and support they needed.

As United Way of Franklin County’s 2020 Campaign Chair, I’ve witnessed first-hand the positive impact we have as a community. Over the course of the pandemic our caring community has enabled United Way of Franklin County to:

But there is so much more to do. Thousands in our community still struggle with unemployment, food insecurity, housing and health challenges. Many don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or how they will pay the rent or the bills. Even more are teetering on the edge without back-up savings. Kids are struggling with an unconventional school year. Adults are facing mental health challenges like anxiety and depression.

Consider this:

These are our neighbors. And they cannot wait any longer for relief, for support, for equality, for the opportunity to live a healthy, thriving life.

At United Way of Franklin County, we are working toward a new tomorrow for our community, one that offers:

  • Strong starts for children

  • Safe homes and warm meals

  • Greater equity

  • New career paths

  • Fresh starts

  • Access to health care

  • Opportunities for physical activity

  • Thriving families

We must build a better future for our community, one where every person has an equal opportunity to thrive. Let’s not put off until tomorrow the work that we can start today. Respond to the new year with hope, with possibility, with action.

Together, we can build a tomorrow that is better than yesterday. For every single one of us. All we need to do is Start Today United.

Give, advocate, and volunteer to help build better tomorrows in our Franklin County communities. To get involved call the office at 717-262-0015, or donate by mailing a check to United Way of Franklin County, 182 S. Second St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

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