MTYT: Make a difference with the United Way

By Gary McNair - bio|email

I love a good success story, and this past month I've heard three really good ones.

1- I heard about a young man headed down a destructive path who turned his life around thanks to help from the Blue Ribbon Commission on Youth Violence.

2- I heard about a young lady who was sexually abused and virtually homeless until she met a loving couple at a youth center that provided what she needed to help her change her life.

3- I heard about an attorney who gave up a successful practice to start a program centered on woodworking that is having a huge positive impact on at-risk young people.

What do these success stories have in common?  All three took place in Wilmington, all three are making a difference in young people's lives, and all three are connected in some way to the United Way.

More than any other organization, the United Way does the best job of identifying the area's health and human services needs.  They raise money, obtain grants, and apply those resources toward the critical needs of our communities.  And because of this all of us can be a part of these wonderful success stories.

The campaign kicked off this week.  So everybody has a chance to get on board.  If you aren't given the opportunity to give at your workplace, be proactive and contact them.  You can find more information under the "Community" tab on

Make a difference.  Be part of a success story.  It will lift your spirits.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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