The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

June 25, 2013

What does it mean to LIVE UNITED?

By Christy Bogle

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 — You may have seen LIVE UNITED on a T-shirt or poster, but have you ever wondered what it means?

To LIVE UNITED means to consider the condition of others in your community and to work together to improve people’s lives. It’s a mindset and a way of life that calls you to get involved, partner with others, volunteer and make our community a better place.

As quickly as the strong winds hit our community, so did the LIVE UNITED way of life. Immediately people were called to action. Government, non-profits, individual volunteers, business leaders, the faith community — together, accomplished more than any single group could have alone.

In the aftermath of the storm, before I could place a phone call to United Way supporters, my phone was ringing. People wanted to help. Uwharrie Capital donated water for the Red Cross; Michelin installed generators at the Community Table and provided lunch for the Emergency Operations Center; First Lutheran Church in Albemarle welcomed the clients of the Community Inn Homeless Shelter; Red Cross and the Baptist Men coordinated food and shelter.  The list goes on and on — so many examples of the LIVE UNITED spirit in Stanly County.

In the coming weeks, many people who have exhausted their financial resources and lost food will be seeking assistance at local non-profits and food pantries. You can help by organizing a food drive or making a donation to any of the local non-profits that continue to serve the needy.

When we unite, we inspire hope and create change that would be impossible if we act alone.

I encourage you to continue the LIVE UNITED spirit that the storm blew in.

This guest editorial was written by Christy Bogle, executive director of United Way of Stanly County.