To the editor:
I am writing as a volunteer and board member of the North Shore United Way (NSUW) and, most importantly, as a member of the North Shore community. I have been involved with the NSUW for 14 years, and am a lifelong resident of Beverly.
Each year, the NSUW receives applications for funding of specific programs through many local, nonprofit organizations. As part of the NSUW grant review team, I have seen firsthand the careful and considered evaluation given to each application for funding by the 60 volunteer reviewers. Simply put, grants provided by the NSUW matter to the people of the North Shore.
NSUW grants mean, for example, that low-income families have support for basic needs, that more units of affordable housing can be created and sustained for individuals and families, and that disaster relief agencies are able to continue to provide emergency services to those in need.
Unfortunately, this year's NSUW Annual Campaign is facing some unexpected challenges. Due in large part to significant reductions in several long-standing NSUW workplace campaigns, we are facing a potential shortfall of as much as $100,000 below last year's campaign results. A shortfall in the campaign will directly reduce the amount of grant funding that the NSUW can provide.
I invite you to join me today in making a donation in any amount to the North Shore United Way. Strong community support will mean that the NSUW is able to continue to effectively respond to community challenges and needs on the North Shore, which is good for all of us.
The campaign ends on April 30. You can donate at www.nsuw.org; by sending a check to NSUW at 248 Cabot St., Beverly, MA 01915; or by calling the office at 978-922-3966.
John J. Maihos