There are as many ways to define humanity as there are unique beings in the Universe. No matter how we might distinguish it, the evidence of our humanity is always, unquestionably seen in our works. The single, common element that pushes humankind forward is the desire to ensure that every person enjoys a quality of life that is safe, productive, and stable. If the essence of human beings lies in our innate desire to uplift each other, we can, in part, define humanity as the force that motivates us to act. United Way demonstrates this uniquely human trait through its work to advance the common good.
Recognizing that real help to strengthen whole communities requires a genuine understanding of its people, and their issues, United Way has gone beyond the scope of offering simple solutions. Utilizing a panel of experts to examine the cause and effect of poverty, key issues were identified to aid in the creation of programs dedicated to resolving the problems that perpetuate economic disadvantage.
To achieve lasting stability, the areas of family stability and education must be addressed simultaneously. Access to an affordable home, quality healthcare and education, and instruction in sound financial practices enables people to maintain employment. When the LIVE UNITED movement includes community volunteers who fully comprehend the lives of those whom they help, unique, specific needs are met efficiently and quickly. In addition, United Way collaborates with local government, schools and nonprofit organizations, creating built-in flexibility and maximizing resources. The result is a whole region becomes permanently reinforced.
Martin Luther King Jr. believed that no person could define humanity within themselves, to begin the act of living as a human being, without venturing beyond the limits of one's own self-made world—seeking an honest understanding of the culture, perspective, and hardships of other people.
"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
This is the common bond that ties us to one another. United Way volunteers demonstrate this quality, and define humanity by utilizing unique talents and personal and professional knowledge, and through the simple act of giving of oneself.