To The Herald-Whig:
I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude for the warm welcome and recent article about the transition in leadership at your local United Way of Adams County.
My family is fortunate and blessed at the opportunity to call Adams County our new hometown.
We're excited to do our part to uphold the high local standards of servant-leadership, commitment to community and authentic compassion for others in need.
The singularity of purpose and passion for mission that I've witnessed in my brief interactions with the United Way board and staff have truly been inspiring.
There is a real and tangible sense of community core values in Adams County, anchored in faith, family, character and service.
There is an evident culture steeped in preserving the distinct history and heritage of the area, while still generating the new vision and an entrepreneurial spirit to courageously move forward and forge an even more compelling and exciting future.
United Way continues its 80th year of service through providing opportunities, empowering solutions and transformative results for the families and community members in Adams County.
Currently, there is growing evidence that the community will need the 20 United Way agency partner charities now more than ever.
2016 UWAC data concluded that 46 percent of the local residents received some benefit from your local United Way partner agencies over a 12-month span.
These proven, capacity-building programs are truly vital and critical to propelling those in times of greatest need to safety, stability and self-sufficiency.
At the end of the day, we all have a vested interest in creating a productive, healthy and educated workforce and a succession of future community leadership.
No sector or agency can possibly shoulder the responsibility and challenge of this duty alone. It will take everyone's help and support to be truly successful.
We move the needle in the community … one heart, one relationship and one resident at a time.
I look forward to serving alongside each of you to help all Adams County residents to reach their full human potential.
We sincerely thank each of you for your commitment in continuing to #BeTheBridge for others in the community.
Todd H. Bale
United Way of Adams County