$676,000 is a lot of money, no matter how you look at it. But let's think about what $676,000 can do here in Region 8. This list shows some of the programs United Way of Northeast Arkansas is funding for the years 2014/2015. We have not met our campaign goal for several years and this year is proving to be even more challenging. Did you know United Way began in Jonesboro in 1955 and has grown over the years to become United Way of Northeast Arkansas? We have served several local communities through projects like landscaping at county courthouses, handicapped facilities at Randolph County Fairgrounds and providing additional support during local historic floods and tornado damage through the American Red Cross. Did you know that several entities and non-profits were helped in getting their start financially by your United Way? Think how differently your community would look today without the Church Health Center, City Youth or Big Brothers Big Sisters. How sad it will be if United Way can't help any new programs, much less the ones we have committed to serve. Residents of Northeast Arkansas have given so unselfishly to others when there were unmet needs in the past. In this holiday season when so many of us are so blessed, will you help make someone's future brighter? Please give to United Way and help make this A Better Region 8.