United Way faces uphill battle

September 3, 2009 3:14:26 PM PDT
The mood for the kick-off of this year's Triangle United Way campaign was upbeat with an airline theme at RDU. But leaders of the campaign may need to buckle their seatbelts for a bumpy ride - turbulent times could mean a drop in donations just when they are needed most.

"It means that there are more people out there in the community that need help. It means that everyone of the Triangle United Way agencies that are out there is having more demand on the services they offer. So we all need to step up the plate to raise the funds to keep those agencies able to do what they do so well," Bob Greczyn with the Triangle United Way explained.

Agencies like the Interfaith Food Shuttle, the Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, and more than a hundred others supported by the Triangle United Way are indeed fielding more and more requests for help.

United Way workers and volunteers know that in a time when their partners are seeing more and more clients, the pool of charitable money may also be frozen in time.

Still, they hope those who can will consider giving a little more this year for those who can't.

"These are the people who have paying in for years to the United Way and now they're in need of the services. So for those of us who still have employment who still are able to look at our family situation and give, I think it's imperative that we come together as a community and do that," said Jim Green with the Triangle United Way.

Click here to learn more about the United Way and how you can help

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