United Way plans 'Week of Awareness'

This year’s United Way campaign is off and running.

The new team at United Way kicked off the annual campaign on Sept. 25 with a party at Michelangelo’s rooftop. Over the next few months, those in the 501 will see a lot of United Way during the annual campaign of giving.  

This year, the new United Way team of Kathy Hull and Maret Cahill are looking to generate community interest and support by holding a week of awareness Monday, Oct. 22, through Friday, Oct. 26.  

Many downtown merchants and others around Conway will help by displaying United Way T-shirts on their mannequins. UW of Central Arkansas is also bringing back the big goal thermometers which are a great way to measure the monetary goal and progress as a community to aid fellow members. They also create a fair amount of nostalgia for Conway.

United Way supports 18 agencies in Faulkner and Perry counties. The funding helps seniors remain in their homes, provides food, shelter and clothing to those in need, mentors youth, counsels and strengthens families and provides so many other services to people in the communities.

“The economy is affecting all of us,” Cahill said. “But just imagine how much more difficult life is for many of the clients that United Way of Central Arkansas serves. Now, more than ever, we all need to unite and give…to help change lives and improve our communities.

“So, keep an eye out for United Way. United Way wants to tell you how we serve the community but we also want to share with you how you can help, too. We live in a great community, let’s give back.”