“Luke 12:48”

Those who know me might be surprised to hear me quoting scripture. I do not wear my faith on my lapel. However, Luke 12:48 is timely and topical. To save you the trouble of looking it up, it goes like this “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.” Maybe you’re more familiar with the quote from John F. Kennedy, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Basically, Luke and JFK were saying, we should step up and take responsibility.

The United Way of Van Wert County is wrapping up the current year’s campaign and they are short of their goal. Our local United Way is not an extravagantly run organization. In fact, it’s a very lean operation with the vast majority of the budget going directly to those in Van Wert County requiring the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter. There are no luxurious offices, high salaries, or fancy cars for the staff. Van Wert’s United Way works hard and is prudent with expenses. The contributions collected locally stay local and benefit local families. And it is not a new institution in Van Wert — the United Way of Van Wert County was established in 1922 to “increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another.” If ever there was a charity worthy of your support, your local United Way is it.

Here at the StateWide companies we support the United Way. Our employees, associates, and companies give as generously as they are able. We all benefit from the support the community gives us and the United Way is how we can give support back to the community.

Perhaps you don’t feel you’ve been given much and much should not be expected of you. However, if you don’t receive assistance from the United Way, then you have more than those who do. Rewording the quote, “To whom more is given, more is expected.” It won’t take many more people to either give the first time or to give a little more a second time for the goal to be reached. So, step up and give more to the United Way of Van Wert County. Please, mail a contribution to the United Way or Van Wert County, 1151 Westwood Drive, Van Wert, OH 45891

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