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The Suburbanite
  • Community helps itself through United Way

  • Pick a passion and you’re bound to find the same commitment from others just as motivated to make a difference. At some level, everyone on this planet has an opportunity to impact others.

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  • Pick a passion and you’re bound to find the same commitment from others just as motivated to make a difference. At some level, everyone on this planet has an opportunity to impact others. That’s why Diebold and its associates have always believed strongly in personal engagement.
    Taking responsibility for the community in which a business operates is an important obligation of any company, and Diebold has a proud heritage of giving back. Diebold has been an active supporter of the United Way ever since the charitable organization’s inception in Stark County in 1922.
    In the last five years, Diebold and its associates have contributed more than $2.6 million to the United Way of Greater Stark County. We understand that helping our hometown is a significant part of our company’s broader commitment. Meeting the needs of our community’s most vulnerable is at the top of our list.
    On Sept. 7, the United Way annual campaign kicked off on the same day as Day of Caring. I am serving as campaign chair, and I was able to tour and talk with staff at nonprofits throughout Stark County. These United Way partners are on the front line of caring for people in need every day. The attention and efficiency in which these community partners are stretching the most from donations is very impressive.
    DOING MORE WITH LESS
    I learned more in a single day about how the community cares for one another than I ever expected. Incredible work is being done by local agencies that have been faced with reduced government funding and shrinking budgets. Day in and day out, they face the daunting task of doing more with fewer resources.
    United Way is a prudent investment in caring. Efficient, effective and accountable, United Way of Greater Stark County uses the power of collaboration by funding 39 service providers that offer 96 health and human service programs throughout the county. Hundreds of volunteers also jump in with “sweat equity” to help United Way and its community partners to be more efficient at their work. And thousands of caring donors like you generously give donations to care for our neighbors.
    It is this kind of collective ownership that empowers the community to care for one another.
    Just as Diebold is accountable to its stakeholders, I find the same of United Way. The organization is transparent and provides full documentation on its website, www.uwstark.org.
    United Way of Greater Stark County’s overhead rate is about 15 percent, below the national average of other United Way organizations the same size across the country. Volunteers and staff leadership are committed to maximizing donor dollars for client services and minimizing internal expenses.
    CAMPAIGN AT HALFWAY
    Today is the halfway mark for the annual campaign. Through Nov. 29, United Way campaign volunteers and staff will be working diligently to raise $7.1 million to meet the fundraising goal.
    Page 2 of 2 - Your help is needed. From the bottom up, dollar by dollar, United Way solicits caring donors to help meet so many different needs in our community. More than just any single issue, United Way addresses the needs of the whole community.
    Your one gift, united with those of others, can help a lot of people in so many ways. Please help today.