Tuesday, September 22, 2015

United Way Campaign FAQs

A belated welcome to Legacy’s annual campaign to raise money for the United Way!  We’ve got some fun events, contests, and web-related content coming your way in the next few weeks, so we hope you enjoy keeping up with the campaign as much as we enjoy bringing it to you.

Some of you may have questions you want to have asked.  If you’ve been with Legacy for a few years, you may have asked the questions frequently.  If you’re new to the organization, you may not know what we’re talking about, or why we’re doing this in the first place.

Just for you, dear reader, I’ve created this blog entry that hopefully covers the basics. Why yes, I am a modern day hero.  Thank you for saying so.  No, I don’t think I deserve a medal for valor, but it sure wouldn’t hurt.  I could wear it around next year during annual evaluation time, and simply point to it at random intervals during the day, probably whenever I walked by my boss’s desk.  So you should definitely get on that.  Thanks in advance.

Feel free to leave a comment below if you don’t see your question, or send me an email at cdolan@legacycommunityhealth.org.  

I’ll answer anything, provided you include your full name, social security number, and bank routing number.  I don’t think that’s too much to ask for the type of in-depth thought and analysis you’ve come to expect from me.

And away we go:

Sweet Charity: The Benefits of Giving Back

Charles P. Pierce is an award winning writer, one who's covered everything from bowling to the Hubble telescope.  He's collected more awards than I can detail in this brief intro, and even won something called "Phone Jeopardy" (for which he received a plaque from Alex Trebek).

In March 2008, Pierce published the following piece on the importance of philanthropy in O, The Oprah Magazine.  It speaks to the smaller scale giving that all of us are capable of, the kind of giving that can help us help the United Way.

Check it out after the jump.

United Way Agencies

So let's assume you don't know what the United Way does. 

You know that it exists.  You know that it helps people.  You've seen the  commercials that are all over NFL games on Sundays.

But what does United Way do for Houston?  And what can it do for you?

Read on...