More than 300 social service agencies in Baltimore and surrounding counties have become so dependent on funding from the United Way that each year's campaign is a cause for anxiety.
This year presented a particularly difficult situation because of the lingering recession. Yet tens of thousands of Marylanders have once again shared their blessings. Their generosity helped the United Way to raise $39 million, a new record, enabling the organization to secure the continuation of many worthwhile programs at a time of great and increasing needs.
Because of lay-offs in many companies, some people who once gave to the United Way are now receiving aid. They and their employed friends all know this charity drive is needed.