United Way Campaigns Underway

October 5, 2009, 2:58 PM EST


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Annual United Way campaigns are underway and the need for support of local campaigns has never been greater, CAW President Ken Lewenza says.

"In each of our communities the United Way has a proven ability to make a real difference in people's lives," Lewenza said.

The negative impact of the ongoing erosion and job loss within the manufacturing base and other parts of the economy will hurt all of our communities. Lewenza said in many cases it will mean that CAW members, who in the past have been strong supporters of United Way, will now be looking for support from United Way agencies.

No one is immune. If not impacted directly, then in some way each day we all see the social damage caused by job loss and cut backs within our communities, he said.

"Increasing poverty, particularly among the youngest and oldest in society, is but one manifestation of this need," Lewenza said. "The lack of affordable housing and the ensuing crisis of homelessness is another. What is not so obvious perhaps are the other symptoms: violence, alienation, substance abuse, neglect, etc," Lewenza states in an October 5 letter to CAW local union presidents.

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