Creating possibility one life at time

Opinion Oct 05, 2015 by Linda Moyer Brant News

Images of puppies and smiling babies fill the placemat that my mother Erma created as part of her program at the Adult Recreation Therapy Centre (ARTC).

The placemat may never hang at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, but it has a place of honour on the wall of my office at the Brant United Way. It tells me, in a way my mother no longer can, that her thoughts are happy, she feels secure and above all, she loves her dog Lucky.

My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 10 years ago. Participating in the Brant United Way funded ARTC program, which she calls “The Club," has provided her with social, recreational and therapeutic activities that have enhanced her well-being and allowed her to remain in her home with the assistance of her family.

ARTC provides one of 60 programs supported and funded by the Brant United Way. My mother’s story is one of thousands of stories that demonstrate how we together can change lives in our community.

Our donors are no different than those we support. One in three people in our region will access at least one or more United Way funded programs this year, many of whom are not even aware that they are helped by the United Way. People from all walks of life – in crisis or in times of transition – are helped by their neighbours, their coworkers, by people like you and me.

Support comes in many forms. Some contributors are flexing their donor muscles in a fundraising tug of war contest. There are other supporters who are jarring pickles to sell. Some are running silent auctions while others are participating by donating a dollar a day through their employee giving campaign to become an “Every Day Hero."

In the following weeks, we will highlight real people, real experiences and real lives touched by the generosity of community giving through the Brant United Way. We will share stories about children`s lives enriched through reading, individuals empowered through job readiness services and families supported when life changes.

We invite you to join the momentum of change by donating to the Brant United Way. You make a difference; the more everyone pulls together, the more possibility we can create.

Together, we are possibility.

We invite you to share your stories of how the Brant United Way has impacted your life as a donor, a volunteer or a recipient on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrantUnitedWay.

Linda Moyer is the campaign director of Brant United Way.

Creating possibility one life at time

Opinion Oct 05, 2015 by Linda Moyer Brant News

Images of puppies and smiling babies fill the placemat that my mother Erma created as part of her program at the Adult Recreation Therapy Centre (ARTC).

The placemat may never hang at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, but it has a place of honour on the wall of my office at the Brant United Way. It tells me, in a way my mother no longer can, that her thoughts are happy, she feels secure and above all, she loves her dog Lucky.

My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 10 years ago. Participating in the Brant United Way funded ARTC program, which she calls “The Club," has provided her with social, recreational and therapeutic activities that have enhanced her well-being and allowed her to remain in her home with the assistance of her family.

ARTC provides one of 60 programs supported and funded by the Brant United Way. My mother’s story is one of thousands of stories that demonstrate how we together can change lives in our community.

Our donors are no different than those we support. One in three people in our region will access at least one or more United Way funded programs this year, many of whom are not even aware that they are helped by the United Way. People from all walks of life – in crisis or in times of transition – are helped by their neighbours, their coworkers, by people like you and me.

Support comes in many forms. Some contributors are flexing their donor muscles in a fundraising tug of war contest. There are other supporters who are jarring pickles to sell. Some are running silent auctions while others are participating by donating a dollar a day through their employee giving campaign to become an “Every Day Hero."

In the following weeks, we will highlight real people, real experiences and real lives touched by the generosity of community giving through the Brant United Way. We will share stories about children`s lives enriched through reading, individuals empowered through job readiness services and families supported when life changes.

We invite you to join the momentum of change by donating to the Brant United Way. You make a difference; the more everyone pulls together, the more possibility we can create.

Together, we are possibility.

We invite you to share your stories of how the Brant United Way has impacted your life as a donor, a volunteer or a recipient on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrantUnitedWay.

Linda Moyer is the campaign director of Brant United Way.

Creating possibility one life at time

Opinion Oct 05, 2015 by Linda Moyer Brant News

Images of puppies and smiling babies fill the placemat that my mother Erma created as part of her program at the Adult Recreation Therapy Centre (ARTC).

The placemat may never hang at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, but it has a place of honour on the wall of my office at the Brant United Way. It tells me, in a way my mother no longer can, that her thoughts are happy, she feels secure and above all, she loves her dog Lucky.

My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 10 years ago. Participating in the Brant United Way funded ARTC program, which she calls “The Club," has provided her with social, recreational and therapeutic activities that have enhanced her well-being and allowed her to remain in her home with the assistance of her family.

ARTC provides one of 60 programs supported and funded by the Brant United Way. My mother’s story is one of thousands of stories that demonstrate how we together can change lives in our community.

Our donors are no different than those we support. One in three people in our region will access at least one or more United Way funded programs this year, many of whom are not even aware that they are helped by the United Way. People from all walks of life – in crisis or in times of transition – are helped by their neighbours, their coworkers, by people like you and me.

Support comes in many forms. Some contributors are flexing their donor muscles in a fundraising tug of war contest. There are other supporters who are jarring pickles to sell. Some are running silent auctions while others are participating by donating a dollar a day through their employee giving campaign to become an “Every Day Hero."

In the following weeks, we will highlight real people, real experiences and real lives touched by the generosity of community giving through the Brant United Way. We will share stories about children`s lives enriched through reading, individuals empowered through job readiness services and families supported when life changes.

We invite you to join the momentum of change by donating to the Brant United Way. You make a difference; the more everyone pulls together, the more possibility we can create.

Together, we are possibility.

We invite you to share your stories of how the Brant United Way has impacted your life as a donor, a volunteer or a recipient on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrantUnitedWay.

Linda Moyer is the campaign director of Brant United Way.