The 2012 Holiday Season is upon us, and, yet again, the number of individuals in need has grown in our surrounding community. The United Way of South Louisiana continues to coordinate funding to twenty-seven local agencies that directly target our community through problem-solving initiatives and services. Every dollar given to United Way goes toward where it is most needed. From the St. Vincent DePaul Community Pharmacy, which provides life-saving medications to those unable to afford them, to Chez Hope, which provides shelter and services to victims of domestic violence, to the parish food banks and local Councils on Aging—a United Way of South Louisiana agency touches one out of three lives in the tri-parish area.
Last year, despite these difficult economic times, Nicholls faculty and staff generously contributed over $7,000 to United Way. Because of that support, Nicholls continues to be recognized as a United Way Pacesetter Institution—a designation that demonstrates once again how essential the Nicholls community is to the vitality of this area.
This year’s Nicholls United Way campaign will run through December, at which time we hope to meet our goal of $10,000. Every dollar collected not only represents a direct investment in the people of this area but is also the most effective way of supporting a network of services that no one organization could provide alone. I would ask each of us to consider supporting United Way of South Louisiana. The easiest way to give is through the convenience of payroll deduction. Just a few dollars a paycheck can make all the difference.
As the Nicholls family has shown through Nicholls Can and our past support of the United Way of South Louisiana, we do have a very real and caring impact right at home.
Stephen T. Hulbert