The state of our economy is no secret. We all experience it every day with rising food and fuel prices, along with high unemployment rates.
It's in these times that more people need a helping hand. That's where the United Way comes in. In Randolph County, the organization supports 27 agencies that in turn lend assistance to literally hundreds of our local residents.
"There are people in our community needing services now who never did before," Andrea Thompson, executive director of the United Way in Randolph County, told The Inter-Mountain recently.
These needs don't go away just because money isn't available.
As the United Way of Randolph County creeps up on the deadline of its annual campaign, it's just shy of a goal that had already been lowered because of economic conditions. Helping the organization reach this threshold is ever more pressing this time around.
Many people may be scaling back on the amount they contribute; but as this newspaper has said many times before, everyone giving a little adds up in a big way. What's important is to give what you can.
Thompson also emphasized that United Way is about "neighbors helping neighbors," and that's something our communities are well-known for, too.
Let's all strive to help the United Way of Randolph County meet its goal, so that the needs of our neighbors can be fulfilled.