Benefiting a good cause
This week marked the beginning of a yearly tradition of giving and benefitting others.
The United Way of Rutherford County officially kicked off its 2013-14 fundraising campaign with a luncheon in Forest City.
Over the past few years, the campaign has decreased due to the state of the economy, not just in Rutherford County but across the nation.
United Way of Rutherford County Executive Director Faye Hassell told those in attendance for the lunch there is no particular fundraising goal but she hopes this year's campaign will be more successful than last year.
We share those same hopes.
The county United Way helps residents of the county in so many ways.
The Community Engagement Team utilizes members of the community and different facets to examine substance abuse in Rutherford County and provide real solutions to the problems we face.
The organization works with several groups in the county ranging from the Boy Scouts to Hospice and 4-H to Family Resources of Rutherford County.
When it comes to children, the United Way is a big advocate for safety.
Browsing its website, one can find a pledge for "Safe Roads Safe Homes" a program designed to provide a directory of parents which can be used to ensure proper supervision and safety of our children when they are out of the home.
These are just a sampling of the things the United Way of Rutherford County does for our community.
And each year the need is greater.
"We see it every day, but we worry more about those we don't even know about," Hassell said.
That is true.
The number of people in need in Rutherford County isn't getting smaller, it is increasing. That increases the need for organizations like the United Way whose staple is helping those who need it.
But, it comes at a cost.
While fundraising is crucial to the ability of United Way to help our residents in need, there are other ways. Volunteering is a big way you can help the organization.
During the lunch, Hassell said something that should resonate with all of us:
"We called this a celebration today, because anytime we can help someone get to a better place, we celebrate," Hassell said.
Let's all do what we can to help make sure everyday in Rutherford County is a celebration.
By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board
The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark