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United Way needs - and deserves - your support

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By Ralph Damiani

As this year’s United Way of Northern New Mexico campaign begins it seems important to keep in mind that the theme – “People Matter” – is more than a slogan. It truly is what United Way is all about.

Helping people.

The campaign kicks off this Wednesday with an event at Los Alamos National Bank, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The kickoff is being held in conjunction with the Chamber’s monthly FAN Club and everyone is invited to attend.

Los Alamos National Laboratory will kick off its annual drive with a gala Aug. 27 at the lab.

Other events will be announced as time draws near.

United Way agencies truly change people’s lives. From the youth activities of the Family YMCA to the life-saving work of Los Alamos Visiting Nurses to the life-changing work of Family Strengths Network, United Way agencies touch people everyday in so many ways.

To them, People Matter is not a theme, it is a way of life.

And there are so many more.

The Red Cross does so much good, the Family Learning Center and the Boy and Girl scouts touch so many lives.

Habitat for Humanity, the Heart Council, Self Help Inc., the Family Council, the Council on Cancer, Las Cumbres, Amigos del Valle and Casa Mesita do so much good work, help so many people that there are not enough words to express their efforts.