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Welcome to "Living United"

Hello, and welcome to “Living United,” our United Way- Thomas Jefferson Area blog. Here you’ll find commentary by staff and volunteers from the United Way- Thomas Jefferson Area, located in Charlottesville, Virginia (www.UnitedWayTJA.org).

Today, you are hearing from Caroline Emerson. I’m the Vice President and Campaign Director, the person with the coolest job here (in my opinion): I work with many, many volunteers from all walks of life to raise dollars for the United Way- Thomas Jefferson Area. Some days I am giving a speech in a corporate cafeteria; some days I am meeting the clients of a local nonprofit program that we fund; some days I am making flyers; some days I’m meeting with local businesspersons; some days I am plunging the office toilet. Because we have such a small staff, I get the opportunity to do all sorts of things, and I never get bored.

We’re new to blogging and hope that you, our readers, will let us know what you’d like to hear about. We welcome your comments. We want you to get to know us, and we want to get to know you.

So, on to what’s new: this week we returned from our holiday celebrations to find our stocking (mailbox) full of donations from generous community members. Wow! Our annual Community Campaign is currently running well ahead of its total on this date last year. This is important because there are many, many needs that go unmet each year due to lack of funds. Thanks to everyone who has made a gift- you are appreciated! We still have a long way to go to reach our goal, but we can do it!

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