As a proud native of Weld County and Greeley I am compelled to express my deepest gratitude to the generous donors and community members who have rallied behind the United Way of Weld County’s vital initiatives in 2023. Your unwavering support has not only impacted individuals but has also fortified the very fabric of our county.
United Way’s commitment to fostering positive change in Weld County through its five initiative areas—Reading Great by 8, Thrive by 25, Weld’s Way Home, Aging Well, and Connecting Weld—have had a profound impact on countless lives. These initiatives are not just programs; they represent a collective vision for a stronger, more resilient community that thrives on compassion and inclusivity.
Reading Great by 8 is a beacon of hope for our youngest members, emphasizing the pivotal role of literacy in shaping their futures. To the donors who have championed this cause, your investment in education will undoubtedly yield a bountiful harvest of empowered minds and bright opportunities for our youth.
The Thrive by 25 initiative recognizes the challenges faced by young adults as they navigate the transition to independence. Your support ensures that they not only survive but thrive, equipped with the skills and resources necessary to build successful and fulfilling lives. Thank you for being a guiding force behind these transformative journeys.
Weld’s Way Home is a testament to the compassion that defines our community. Your contributions have provided shelter, warmth, and a sense of security to those facing housing insecurity. In a world that often seems divided, your commitment to helping those in need bridges gaps by people who have compassion for others.
As we express our gratitude, let us never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them. The “Aging Well” initiative is a manifestation of this principle, acknowledging the contributions of our elder community members and ensuring they age with dignity and respect. Your support upholds the values of solidarity and intergenerational connection.
Connecting Weld epitomizes the collaborative spirit that defines Weld County. By fostering connections within our county, this initiative lays the groundwork for a future where neighbors support neighbors, and no one is left behind. Your commitment to forging these bonds strengthens the very foundation upon which Weld County stands.
Besides the United Way’s initiatives, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to the Weld County community for supporting all non-profits throughout 2023. Your collective generosity has created a ripple effect of kindness, reaching every corner of our county. Whether through volunteering, donations, or acts of kindness, you have proven that our county’s strength lies in its people.
In a world where challenges seem insurmountable, each of you have shown that, together, we can overcome adversity. Weld County is not just a place on the map; it’s a community bound by shared values and a commitment to lifting each other up. As we embark on a new year, let us carry the spirit of giving forward, ensuring that the legacy of compassion and support continues to define our beloved Weld County.
Thank you, Weld County, for being the embodiment of community and compassion. Your generosity has and will continue to make a lasting impact on the lives of many, fostering a brighter and more connected future for us all.
John W. Haefeli is a United Way of Weld County board member and lifelong Weld County resident.