As we begin the holiday season and reflect on our 2009 accomplishments, I want you to know what a difference you made in the lives of people you helped by partnering with United Way. Whether you give, advocate or volunteer, you  played a role in advancing United Way as the premier charitable partner in Tampa Bay. 

Because of you, and in collaboration with others who share our vision, we are on the road to increasing graduation rates among our children. Because of you, and our many partners in the cause, we will realize financial stability goals for the hard-working, low-income families we serve. And, because of you, people challenged by unemployment and economic crisis will have food, shelter, and support.

This holiday season, our United Way family wants you to know how much we appreciate you. From our board and committee members to our volunteers and donors, we are grateful for your sacrifices of time, talent, and treasure.

Please allow me to take this personal opportunity to wish you and your families a happy and peaceful season to enjoy the blessings of life, work, school, friends, faith and community.  As you respond to the call to action – to give, advocate, and volunteer – you become part of the change. You inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.  Thank you!

Happy Holidays!