by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist

Over the past few weeks I have had the privilege of serving as a United Way Loaned Executive. In that capacity, I have the opportunity to go to various companies and talk about the impact giving has on lives. When a person makes a donation to a non-profit agency or to an entity such as United Way, perhaps they do not realize the impact their dollars have on the lives those agencies serve.

Last week, I had a conversation with Jeannie Lyle, Executive Director of United Way of Marshall County, while preparing for a campaign presentation. I told her, as long as I had breath and presence of mind, I would be an advocate for United Way. Why? Because the agencies they serve are so worthy! Hospice of Marshall County is one of 22 agencies served by United Way of Marshall County.

Each day, the staff and volunteers of Hospice of Marshall County provide a comforting presence to individuals and families facing life-limiting illnesses, grief and loss. We remain committed to providing care that treats the person – not the disease, and emphasizes the quality of life – not the duration. This concept is not about dollars. It is about a life touching a life and making a sincere difference in those around us.

Jackie Robinson, the first black player in major league baseball, once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” I guess that about says it all…