Many Ways to Help. One Way to Give.
Johns Hopkins thanks all faculty and staff who support the United Way campaign each year. The 2012 campaign begins on Monday, October 15, and ends on Friday, November 2. Thanks to our energetic group of coordinators and “ambassadors” and staff generosity, JHM exceeded last year’s goal, raising more than $1.66 million for UWCM. Please help us reach this year’s goal of $1.67 million, a 2 percent increase from last year. A little bit goes a long way, and you can designate just where funds can be applied.
Frank Barksdale’s Personal Take on United Way
I have come a long way from the neighborhood in which I grew up. I would have never expected to be there, living with my 82-year-old mom during the week, and commuting to my house in State College, Penn.
I take care of many of Ma’s needs and it works out for both of us, because I get a roof over my head and peace of mind knowing that I‘m there for her; just like she has been for me. Ma’s in good shape. She exercises regularly and watches her diet. Yet I know there will come a time when she will need assistance, and I hope we will have the services in our community that she may need.
Today, before coming in for my shift, I saw Ma’s long time next door neighbors in the process of being evicted. They fell behind on their rent. I saw pain and embarrassment on their faces. Two sisters shared this residence. Both are single moms working part time, trying to raise their kids and coping with the recent death of their own Mom. It’s hard to say anything and an awkward conversation ensued, but I gave them my card and let them know that if they need help and information on community services, to call me.
I realize that there comes a time in our lives when we need help. None of us is immune. We are lucky if we have family to support us. Even then it is not always enough. To those who pledged to the United Way, your community thanks you. I thank you because I truly know what it means. To those who have yet to make a pledge, I hope you would consider it and take a minute to give to the United Way. It doesn’t have to be much. I know. I have been there. Every little bit helps. I know. I’ve seen it first-hand. And I experienced it personally, when my kids were young and my salary didn’t go far enough. I needed the same kind of support.
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