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United Way makes pitch to supervisors

United Way Executive Director John Bernardi, 2013 campaign chair Gayle Alexander and United Way Board President Kirk Stahlsmith.

United Way Executive Director John Bernardi, 2013 campaign chair Gayle Alexander and United Way Board President Kirk Stahlsmith.

— Members of the Essex County Ways and Means Committee heard thanks and an appeal from the United Way.

Executive Director John Bernardi was joined by 2013 Campaign chair Gayle Alexander during the Oct. 22 meeting of the committee to talk about the support that they had received from the county employees.

“It has made a real difference and is very helpful,” Bernardi said. “We have been doing some very important work throughout the region, and we are making an impact having this network of services available supported by private dollars is very important. We provided services during last year's disaster working closely with Randy Douglas and Bill Ferebee, among others.”

“Many of these services touch the lives of the people that we work with in our towns,” Alexander said.

The duo also requested that the county supervisors offer the same opportunity to present the campaign to employees in their towns, as they do at the county.

“Give the town employees the same opportunity to join in this,” Bernardi said. “We are not arm twisters; we want to inform people about the importance of what we are doing and then give the people the opportunity to support the network.”

“Give the campaign a chance in your towns,” Alexander said. “We will come anywhere to talk to people about this campaign.”

Chesterfield Supervisor and 2012 campaign chair Gerald Morrow said that the work of the United Way continues in communities throughout the county.

“These are people that need the help of these organizations that the United Way supports,” Morrow said, adding, “I could not have turned the campaign over to anyone better than Gayle.”

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