Letter: United Way works to make the community strong

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To the editor,

As we reflect on the challenges and conflicts affecting our nation and the world today, it’s easy to forget about the personal crises occurring every day in our very own community. The challenges faced by your neighbors may not make national headlines, but they are urgent and real. The United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls responds to these needs through a broad network of services.

The United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls brings together people from across the community to face the issues of giving young children a healthy start in life, helping abused women and children live safely, helping people become employable and productive, helping those with drug and alcohol addiction to become healthy, helping those that are disabled to live independently, help to provide a safe environment for our younger adults and children and support emergency services and disaster relief. These are just a few of the local needs met right here every day. You can be sure your investment will go far – but not far away – in making this community better for all of us.

I recently had an opportunity to visit a handful of the agencies we support and I can assure you that the individuals working in these agencies are very smart and hardworking people with a passion for helping others. The work they do is giving our neighbors, friends and families the ability to get through their current challenges and integrate back into our community … better and stronger. Over the past 20 years, I have heard many stories about individuals who were, at one time or another, recipients of some type of assistance and now have the means and desire to donate to the United Way to help others. I hope you can join the circle by donating this year.

We look forward to receiving your support to help this wonderful organization create a stronger, healthier, and more self sufficient Naugatuck and Beacon Falls. Together we are strong. Live United.

David Rotatori

2011 Campaign Chairman