Until the last year or so, our country had experienced a decade of wealth creation and economic expansion without historical precedent. Recently we have been living through something very different: a massive, rapid reduction of wealth and an economic downturn. We are acutely aware that the country’s financial problems, which are mirrored locally, may last for a sustained period.
Most of us have friends, neighbors or family members in Stamford who have experienced reduced working hours, overtime losses, or are nervous about, or have had job losses. Many of us are already helping in some way. Most of us are already stretched pretty thin, but some of our friends and neighbors are struggling mightily just to put food on their tables, keep their heat on, buy winter jackets for their kids, etc.
Faced with the challenge of finding strategies to help the community deal with the ripple effect of this unusually severe downturn, the first place I turned was to the United Way.
The United Way and the City have a lot in common. We both exist to help people. We are both committed to treating all individuals with dignity and respect. And we both look for creative ways to solve some of the problems in our community.
That's why I am supporting United Way of Western Connecticut's Take Five to Give 5 campaign. It is an innovative campaign focused on raising money to help providers of emergency basic needs services keep up with needs that in some cases have increased by more than 40 percent. By donating to this campaign, you support a partnership of competent agencies that help ensure that all members of our community receive the emergency assitance necessary to their basic well-being.
None of us want to put our heads on our pillows at night knowing that there are people in our community who, through no fault of their own, lack basic necessities. Join me in supporting this urgent cause. Visit www.TakeFivetoGive5.org and contribute today.
Mayor Dannel P. Malloy
The City of Stamford