Health, education and financial stability. These are the building blocks for healthy neighborhoods. These are the core issues that United Way of Galveston fights for because these are the things that can make or break our community.

Our island is charming. Those that live and work here are enamored with Galveston’s unique and charismatic personality. One of the most endearing qualities of Galveston is our spirit of community.

Galveston makes giving back part of everyday social life, which you can clearly see by the countless clubs who each tackle a specific need together. Whether it’s the Rotary, Kiwanis or Lion’s clubs, or one of many others, each group uses social gatherings to make a difference in our community.

At the end of every summer, United Way of Galveston hosts an annual luncheon to mark the commencement of the Employee Workforce Campaign. This is our opportunity to unite hundreds of people to make collective impacts all across Galveston.

We know that a hungry child cannot learn in school. We know that a major illness can severely disrupt a hardworking person’s ability to provide for his or her family. We know that child abuse and domestic violence will cause long-term issues to its victims. And we know that addiction and mental illness wreak havoc on families, regardless of one’s socio-economic status.

That’s why it’s so important to support United Way through the Workforce Campaign. United Way of Galveston provides short-term emergency support to those in crisis, and also long-term solutions that can be achieved through counseling, mentoring and educational support. By focusing on providing basic needs like food and shelter in conjunction with support services that lead individuals and families to self-sufficiency, the United Way is uniquely positioned to make positive, lasting change.

Through the United Way Workforce Campaign, local employees and businesses are given the opportunity to support United Way through payroll deductions. This drives the majority of funding United Way receives to allocate to our 24 partner agencies who are working collectively to tackle the most daunting issues in our community.

Now is your chance to be a part of this critical mission.

Get involved immediately by attending the United Way of Galveston Campaign Kick-off Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Moody Gardens. The Rotary Club of Galveston and the Rotary Club of Galveston Island will join forces, along with many other community leaders to kick off the United Way Workforce Campaign. Expect to leave this luncheon feeling inspired and empowered to fight for your community after you enjoy an interactive keynote presentation from Galveston County Daily News Publisher Leonard Woolsey.

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WHAT: United Way of Galveston Campaign Kick-off Luncheon

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Aug. 31

WHERE: Frances Anne Moody Ballroom at the Moody Gardens Hotel, 7 Hope Blvd., in Galveston

INFO: RSVP required by today; tables and tickets available at www.uwgalv.org or call 409-762-4357

Lindsey White is the executive director of United Way of Galveston.

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