"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
We've delivered several editorials on our local United Way through the years – some critical, others filled with praise.
Today, we'd like to pass along a little information we've received from the organization.
In a few weeks, the United Way will distribute 21 and a half million dollars to charitable organizations in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, Iredell, and Anson counties.
More than 80 organizations will receive funds to help them meet the various needs of over 300,000 people in our community.
The decisions on where the gifts of 50,000-plus donors are distributed are not taken lightly.
And it may surprise you that those decisions are not made by United Way executives or some internal committee.
Rather, 188 "Community Investment" volunteers pore over scores of agency requests for funding.
They ask a lot of questions and make what are often difficult choices on who will receive help in a given year.
We'd like to commend recently-retired United Way President Jane McIntyre for her outstanding efforts in turning the organization around.
And we welcome new President Sean Garrett to the Charlotte area.
We hear he has big plans for not only getting help to those in need, but ultimately for finding solutions to the array of problems many of our neighbors face.
We wish Mr. Garrett and the United Way the best of luck.