David Alderson, United Way

One of the best things about serving as United Way's Campaign Chairman is having the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the many services our 23 Community Partner agencies are providing to the community. Early in the year, I visited each of the agencies and came away with a renewed appreciation for these organizations and the people who work there. It is obvious to me that these many dedicated men and women see their work not just as a job, but also as an opportunity to serve others who need their assistance.

Many of the stories of people seeking assistance are very sad.  They will tug at your heart.  They will even break your heart.  Yet, you soon find out that everyone utilizing these agencies is there with the intention of improving their situation and not just looking for a handout.  You will also quickly realize that many times multiple agencies will work together to provide what's needed to help people get back on their feet and regain the ability to care for themselves and their family.
Now that we near the end of what will be the most successful campaign monetarily for our community, I have gained an appreciation for the generosity of our community.  I am also amazed at the commitment, the work ethic and the caring attitude of over 300 volunteers working within the 2012 United Way Campaign, to them I must say thank you.  The organizations that the volunteers come from should be very proud to have them working daily for their cause.

Our dealership has a heritage of giving back to community, one that was instilled by my grandfather, uncle and then my father; their efforts make it very easy to continue the plan.  The reason we are able to give back is that the community has been very loyal to our dealership, our brands and our associates for over 63 years.  I would like to say thank you on behalf of our associates and we look forward to the future.  May you and your family enjoy this holiday season.