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MARTIN COUNTY -- There are residents in Martin County who deal with their own struggles every single day.
Some don't know where to turn during a family crisis while others simply yearn for an early education opportunity so their child can succeed in school.
These are the less fortunate residents whose personal disasters don't make headlines because they're struggling day after day just to survive - unaware that help could be right around the corner.
Since 1972, United Way of Martin County has been there to help people with their needs and has earned a reputation for putting the hard-earned dollars from generous donors back into the community where they're needed most.
The 2012-13 campaign officially ends June 30 and even though United Way is on pace to have its most successful campaign to date, but an increase in requests and a shortfall of $71,000 could prevent the nonprofit from funding all of its vital programs and services.
United Way has spent the past 18 months working on a comprehensive strategic plan with the ultimate goal of making Martin County a place where no one goes to bed hungry; families are self-sustainable; everyone is healthier; everyone has the opportunity to succeed; everyone can reach their full potential; and everyone is safe.
"Our six priorities are simple, but our goals are lofty," said Stacy Ranieri, campaign chairwoman and president of The Firefly Group. "We're fortunate to live in such a giving community with the means to help others; however, we must raise additional funds to help more residents in need."
United Way has now made it easier than ever to make a direct impact in the community by focusing on specific priorities such as hunger, strengthening families, health, education, jobs and safety.
These priority areas cover everything from: food distribution to neighborhood revitalization to transportation for disabled residents to literacy programs in underserved neighborhoods to job services for students with disabilities to aid for domestic violence victims.
For more information about United Way or to make a donation to the campaign before June 30, call (772) 283-4800 or visit LIVEUNITEDmc.org.