A Time of Reflection and Resolution

January 2, 2019
Written by Mary Ann L. Dilling, CFEE, President & CEO of Oshkosh Area United Way.

In this time of reflection and resolution, I am excited about the opportunity 2019 holds for all of us in our community. An opportunity to make a difference and a chance to extend blessings to our fellow community members who may be in a time of struggle. I challenge all of us to see if we can help a little more, hopefully impacting one, ten, or one-hundred more people with an investment in United Way. Investing in our community where we work, live or raise our family through United Way, is investing in the strength and the future well-being of our community.  These investments pay huge dividends an ensuring a healthier, stronger place for all of us.

As many of you know, I was previously a non-giver to United Way. I gave my charitable contributions to another organization. I can honestly share with you, I did not do my homework and no one ever explained to me what United Way did. I am now a believer in United Way. I have always felt an obligation to the community I belong to and after moving to Oshkosh in 2017 this still holds true to this day. Plus, 99% of donors’ dollars stay in the Oshkosh community and this is extremely important to me.

I choose to give to the United Way because I have the privilege and knowledge that United Way implemented a Results-Based Accountability (RBA) process to deliver results efficiently effectively and responsibly. By partnering with best-in-class nonprofit partners and leveraging donor dollars in a smart way, the United Way helps to move the needle, driving lasting change in education, health, and financial stability which are pillars of a strong community. We cannot do this alone. There are many ways to give, volunteer, and advocate for the common good. For those who receive a year-end bonus or a tax return, consider investing a portion of it – say, 10% -- back into the community through a gift to United Way. 

We live in a wonderful community that is thriving and booming in so many ways. Still, many people are left out of the abundance, struggling to make ends meet and provide for themselves and their families.

Please join me in making our community stronger and safer for all of us through United Way.

Donate online today. 

Questions? Contact United Way at (920) 235-8560 or via email.