September 25, 2012

Our View: United Way needs donors’ support

— Hats off to the more than 4,500 volunteers who tackled more than 100 projects throughout the county for Live United Day.

The event had been in the planning stages for a year.

Volunteers spent the day working at Logansport’s Girl Scout camp, at a mobile food pantry, at a community health fair, at Huston Park, on trails throughout town, at every Cass County school, in downtown

Logansport and at various private residences whose owners needed a helping hand with a repair project or an improvement.

More than 10 volunteers spent the day putting together playground equipment for the students and community surrounding Fairview Elementary School.

The day wasn’t only about volunteering, though. It was also the official kickoff for this year’s United Way campaign. That campaign needs your support.

United Way is working hard to address needs in the community through its member agencies and through programs such as Reading Railroad, the Backpack Program and the Cass County Resource Network.

Peak Community Services uses its share of United Way funding to provide employment and training for the developmentally disabled while the Mental Health Association uses its share for a drop-in center and other services for individuals struggling with mental illness.

United Way contributions also support a backpack program to provide food for impoverished youngsters at several Cass County elementary schools. And they support the Reading Railroad program to encourage a love of reading among local children.

The United Way also oversees a growing neighborhood watch program in communities throughout the county, and it helps to direct the Cass County Resource Network to boost the efforts of local churches and social service agencies in helping the county’s less fortunate.

In short, the money given to the United Way helps to make Cass County a better place for all of us.

But the United Way can’t continue do all of the things it does without the help of contributors like you.

The campaign has a goal of $600,075, in honor of the United Way’s 75th anniversary. Joe Johnson, the campaign chair, announced last week that the organization had reached 70 percent of its goal even before the kickoff.

If you’ve already made your annual commitment, thank you. If you haven’t, now is the time to fill out that pledge card or write that check.

Want to help?

Contributions may be mailed or dropped off at the United Way of Cass County office at 401 E. Broadway in Logansport. The telephone number is 574-753-3533. You can also make a donation online at