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Letter: Serving with United Way is humbling

To the editor,

We in our city are truly blessed with a vibrant community that can come together and celebrate outstanding institutions like the United Way of Hastings. Last Saturday, this organization celebrated 50 years of commitment to those of us and our neighbors who may be less fortunate — who may have trouble learning as quickly as others, or who may struggle with hard economic times, or who may just need a moment of care and assistance to get through the day. We are each of us part of the whole, and United Way of Hastings has an unparalleled record of partnership to make real, positive change happen.

While it was impossible to do justice to all 50 tremendous years, the board, staff, donors and partners of United Way of Hastings worked hard to ensure everyone in the room understood the importance of our mission, had an opportunity to contribute, and enjoyed a good time. How inspiring it was to have Twin Cities media committed to the good stories among us (thank you, Jamie Yuccas from WCCO), and how kind it was of former Vikings star Matt Birk and his wife Adrianna not only to join us on their wedding anniversary, but to stay late and talk with staff, board and guests as well. What a pleasure to recognize Lew Linde, Amy Schaffer and Smead Manufacturing for their immeasurable contributions to the fabric of our community. How humbling to serve on the board alongside such hard-working professionals as President Joy Johnson, event co-chair Martha Sullivan, Past President Brian Schommer and everyone else.

Kudos as well to Mari Mellick and Denise Vitzthum on staff for keeping us on task and focused. And a great meal (by Crave) at a great location (Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton church) to boot.  What an evening!  What a fifty-year stretch!

If you are someone who feels this city, great as it is, could do better — someone who feels you may have something to offer or someone who prefers action to talking — then go to facebook. com/UnitedWayHastings, or call 651-437-3337, or just stop on by 119 Second St. W. (in the First National Bank building) and ask how you can lend a hand.  Join our amazing work in progress, and be part of the solution. Thanks again to all who give of themselves, every day.