In tough economic times, the needy become all the more needy; and those who try to help, find their resources stretched all the more, as well.
So as the Copper Country United Way kicked off its annual fundraising campaign last week, CCUW President Karin Van Dyke was quick to point out, "Times are tough, but the need is great."
This year's campaign chair, Michigan Tech President GlennMroz, said cuts to state and federal funding have made supporting local agencies even more important.
This year's Copper Country United Way goal is $145,000.
It's a large number, but organizers hope to exceed that goal. But they know success will only come one donation at time.
Many people sign up with their employers to have an amount taken out of each check. Even a little bit adds up over a year.
The Copper Country's United Way's list of local agencies is broad in scope and includes: Alzheimer's Association, American Red Cross Central U.P. Chapter, Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home For Abused Women, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Dial Help, 4-H of Houghton and Keweenaw counties, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Goodwill Industries Calumet Work Center, Hiawathaland Council Boy Scouts of America, Keweenaw Family Resource Center, Phoenix House, Salvation Army and U.P. Emergency Medical Services.
These agencies do wonderful work in the Copper Country, much of it quietly, but in response to personal needs - needs of our neighbors. These agencies know what to do in time of need.
Now it's our turn to step up and help. We encourage you to give to the United Way. Sign up for payroll deduction. If your employer doesn't offer such a program, inquire about starting one.
If that doesn't work, checks can be mailed to the Copper Country United Way, P.O. Box 104, Houghton, MI 49931. Donations can also be made online at liveunited.org. Click on "give." Enter the Houghton zip code of 49931 to apply the donation to the local campaign.