Lunenburg County is a great place to work, live and raise a family.

Lunenburg County is a great place to work, live and raise a family.

Economic numbers are looking up, new businesses are moving into the area, and our many municipal governments are moving forward on projects that are important to the residents and the county. The worst of the recession seems to be behind us and we live in a community that has a lifestyle that is second to none. This is a great place to live if you’re healthy, employed, have a decent paying job or pension and a strong loving family.

But what if you’re working at a minimum wage job with no benefits, or have children with learning or physical disabilities, are recently laid off or have an addiction or mental health problem? What if you’re a senior with few friends or no family, are the child of a dysfunctional or broken family or a member of the working walking poor? What happens if you have a strong rural community but little infrastructure to sustain it?

Life isn’t so easy.

Like it or not, these problems are our problems.

From a humanitarian perspective we must do better.

From an economic perspective we have do better because these problems put a strain on our limited resources, reduce productivity and limit our ability to hire reliable and competent employees.

In the spirit of the Ivany Report, as a community we can continue to wait for something to happen or we can help make it happen.

This holiday season why not give the gift of community. Donate to the United Way of Lunenburg County in name of a friend, co-worker or a loved one. We will invest that gift money in Lunenburg County kids, youth, families, seniors and communities. Because all the money raised in Lunenburg County stays in Lunenburg County the United Way is a unique local gift that keeps on giving and giving and giving.”

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