Reach Deep

Help cast light beneath the surface

August 27, 2005

Frequently traveled paths we come to know well, but hidden things lie below. A diving outing beneath Lost Lake’s surface (Out There, B1) describes the colder, deeper side of a familar, well-loved place.

In another sense, something else in the community goes beneath the surface: United Way. It is the work of this, the largest social service organization in Hood River County, to cast some light and warmth into the unknown and sometimes unwanted regions of our local society.

United Way prepares for another foray into the community with its campaign kickoff on Aug. 31 (see United Way holds campaign kickoff Aug. 31) at Stonehedge Restaurant. In a statement on the campaign this week, United Way Board Chair Paul Blackburn said, “We wish to acknowledge the generous support for United Way exhibited by local businesses. Without them, and the many businesses and individuals contributing to the local campaign, a great many needs in the community would go unmet.”

In the coming weeks, volunteers from United Way, along with its new director, Barbara Briggs, will be asking the community to support United Way in its efforts to fund programs for the elderly, for children, for the disadvantaged of Hood River County.

Please reach as deep as you can.

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