"One of the things that I am most often asked is: 'How we can help our most vulnerable citizens, our struggling families and the next generation?'" Deal said. "United Way touches all generations of Clay Countians in Brazil, Clay City, Bowling Green, Poland, Center Point, Saline City, Knightsville, Harmony, Carbon, Ashboro and Coalmont areas. It funds programs for preschoolers to senior citizens. It impacts the lives of families and those individuals living alone."
Deal visited several Clay County businesses in late summer to seek small and large company financial support.
"Over the years, our Clay County businesses and companies have generously supported United Way's commitment to the needs of our citizens," Deal said. "I will be more than happy to deliver donation packets to any business interested in being a part of this philanthropic movement.
"They may call me at 448-1992 and let me know how many employees they employ so the United Way office can prepare adequate forms."
Riddell National Bank and Terre Haute Savings Bank stepped up to be a part of United Way's Pilot program, demonstrating major financial commitment.
In August, Deal delivered donation packets to St. Vincent Clay, Great Dane Trailers, Clay Community Schools, United Machine and Design Inc., Miller and Stewart CPA's, NewWave Communications and French Funeral Home.
"I am seeking more small Clay County businesses and civic groups to get involved," Deal said. "I am hoping to get small businesses involved from Clay City to Brazil."
The United Way packets are self-explanatory and all financial work is transacted between the United Way office and local businesses.
"I've been asked if companies or individuals give, can they count on their donations staying at Clay County agencies? The answer is yes," Deal said. "The giver may indicate on their form that they want their donations to go specifically to Clay County, or you may indicate United Way of the Wabash Valley so it can be used in all agencies, including Clay County.
"My husband and I chose payroll deduction through my profession to give annually for years. If everyone gave at least $2 per day, can you imagine the impact we could make on our little part of our world? It would simply be like giving up a cup of coffee per pay period."
In order to encourage citizens to give to United Way, Sycamore Chevrolet has donated a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LS. For every $50 of a new donation, a person will get one chance at the new car.
Energizing Indiana is also encouraging supporters to get involved in United Way fundraising.
For every supporter who signs up and completes a Home Energy Assessment, Energizing Indiana will give the sponsoring organization $25, and the individual will receive a free assessment and an energy savings package to reduce energy waste.
For more information about how a local business, school, civic or government organization can give to United Way, call Deal at 448-1992 and make sure to indicate the number of employees/members in the group.
"Let's unite Clay County and let's make a difference," Deal said.