August 2000

A modest gift goes a long way

United Way Campaign Chair

I am honored to be chair of the ORNL United Way campaign this year. Through many years of involvement with United Way as an active member of the Anderson County organization, I have gained a real appreciation for the differences our gifts to United Way make in the lives of so many people. The money received is thoughtfully and carefully allocated by dedicated volunteers to groups that have passed the rigorous standard of becoming United Way agencies.

United Way

Each year, United Way volunteers visit area agencies and come away convinced of the value of the work these organizations do and the importance of our support to them. Last month’s visits to the Knox County Association for Retarded Citizens and the Cerebral Palsy Center were no exceptions, as ORNL volunteers (in photos, clockwise from upper left) Kahra Gilley, Ann Luffman, Jack McNew, Don Rhodes, Danny Cantrell and Okie Johnson got a chance to meet with agency clients. Lab volunteers also visited Michael Dunn Center in Roane County and Keystone Elder Day Center in Oak Ridge. Activities for this year’s campaign, which is scheduled to end August 18, have included a book fair and a visit by UT Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt. Last year’s ORNL drive generated $568,962 for United Way agencies in East Tennessee.

United Way is an organization that stretches our dollars to gain the maximum benefit. Did you know that a United Way gift of $5 per week for a year will

These examples make it pretty clear that every dollar we invest pays real dividends—because giving to United Way is an investment. United Way dollars are an investment in making our communities stronger by sharing what we have with those who are not so fortunate.

Please remember, as you make your United Way pledge this year, that your gift will really make a difference. Many thanks for your generosity and support.


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