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June 29, 2009

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Senator McDonald's message to "be the change" recognizes the essence of community support. Small amounts contributed by large numbers of community members fortunate enough to not require assistance can make a large impact for those less fortunate. Thanks Senator McDonald for encouragiong all of us to help the United Way of Western CT help our community.

Senator McDonald is right on target with his message to our fellow community members “to be the change” you want to see on our streets. It is so important that each individual try to do what we can. Someone once shared with me a quote by Henry David Thoreau “One is not born into the world to do everything…but to do something”. Like Senator McDonald, I would encourage everyone to do something. Volunteer, donate money, help your neighbor,lend encouragement or share a smile. It does not need to be complicated it can be simple. Doing something does matter. Doing something, making a commitment to take an action – is the first step towards any change.

Tina Mazzella

We are living in extremely challenging times. You cannot pick up a newspaper, turn on a radio or television, or talk to a neighbor without hearing about the increasing need in our community due to the eroding economy, rising unemployment, and the increasing number of foreclosures. Individuals and families in our community are hurting. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we have an opportunity to help. Each of us can make a donation to the “Take Five to Give 5” campaign, knowing that our donations will help our neighbors through this difficult time. Senator McDonald and Mahatma Gandhi have expressed it well - we must be the change we want to see in the world. Another great man of peace put it another way: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” (Martin Luther King). I firmly believe that our blessings increase when we share them with others.

What a fantastic message. "Be the change" is at the very heart of what the Take Five to Give 5 campaign is all about. It's not about money (although that is a useful tool in helping those in need). It's about communities pulling together to help each other. If we band together, we can be the change and make our communities stronger and more reslilient.

Senator McDonald's message is on the mark about committment to community and making change. Certainly a donation to campaign is welcome but volunteering in the community does matter as well and contributes to postive change.

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