The Herald Bulletin

September 19, 2013

Viewpoint: Power of one can make a difference for United Way

By Tom Van Osdol United Way chairman
The Herald Bulletin

---- — This week, United Way of Madison County announced an exciting campaign goal of $1 million. While this might seem to be a lofty goal, we believe it well within our reach through the combined partnership of individuals and organizations in our community. We also believe that this announcement is about much more than raising a specific dollar amount — it’s about building hope and impacting the community through the power of ONE.

With financial donations raised between today and Dec. 31, we can build a stronger community together through proven systems that work. Together, we can also equip organizations to address social challenges and create opportunities for all who call Madison County their home.

With the efforts of this campaign we will strive to invest $2 back into the community for every $1 donated. With the help of grants, matching funds and individual financial assistance (in the form of mortgage assistance and prescription drug discounts), United Way of Madison County was able to double the amount donated to a total community investment of more than $1.8 million in this past year. Our goal is to continue this work and deliver $2 for every $1 again. Find out more about United Way’s impact in the community at

Will you “Be the ONE” and consider partnering with us? Join us in reaching our goal of investing $2 million into the community in 2014 by raising $1 million in local donations. You can give online at, over the phone by calling 765-643-7493, by mail at P.O. Box 1200, Anderson, IN 46012 or through payroll deduction if you are employed at a partnering workplace.

Through your partnership we can help a child succeed in school. Through your partnership we can provide access to persons that need health services. Through your partnership we can keep a family safe in their home. Through your partnership we can help low-wage earners build skills for stable careers. An investment in United Way is the single best way to help the most people in our community.

It only takes one person to impact one life. With so many individual donors, businesses and nonprofits right here in Madison County working together, that one gift can go so much further. We invite you to “Be the ONE” that makes a difference. United, we will create opportunities, build hope and develop a stronger community for tomorrow.

Tom VanOsdol, chair of United Way’s 2013-2014 campaign, is president of St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital.