United Way supports PLANNED PARENTHOOD. Click HERE if you don't believe me. Nationally, in 2008, United Way contributed an estimated $1.9 million to Planned Parenthood. Additionally, United Way donations to local charities refer women to family planning services that include abortion. The national United Way website (www.LiveUnited.org) also directs volunteers toward Planned Parenthood. While not every state/agency, or Washington County for that matter, promotes Planned Parenthood, many do. One is too many.
This Christmas season, let's not contribute to killing babies. I think it's in poor taste.
Yes, yes, I know that you can choose to "designate" where your donation goes according to whom you wish to support. However, don't be fooled. That option is a misnomer. If you "designate" to a specific charity, that just means less of the UNdesignated funds will go to that charity.
In addition, United Way will take some off the top for overhead, meaning LESS goes to the charity.
SOLUTION = Give DIRECTLY to the charity of your choice. Nobody needs a middleman to help us send a check.
Remember, too, that "time is money." If you can't afford to give, maybe dropping in at the location of your favorite charity and lending a hand would be a great option for you, and a blessing to them!