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June 30, 2011

Independence Day

by PBUnitedWay

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

As we celebrate our nation’s independence this weekend, let’s remember and cherish the words on which this nation was founded. Let’s take some time to show our appreciation for all we’ve been granted thanks to the unwavering bravery and service of those that fought for our freedom, and for those that continue to do so each day. But as we celebrate all of the great things America is and has to offer, let’s not forget our fellow Americans – many of which are in dire need of some help.

Currently, as many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. Nearly 1 in 3 students in high school today won’t graduate. The number of Americans without health insurance now totals about 47 million – nearly 9 million of these are children, and more than 8 out of 10 are from working families.

While the statistics seem to be stacked against us, we KNOW that a better tomorrow is possible. At the Town of Palm Beach United Way, we envision a world where all individuals and families achieve their full potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. And it starts right here at home – with our family and friends, neighbors and co-workers, church and civic organizations. Together, we can create a stronger nation, more unified in service and good will.

Advancing the common good of our nation is less about helping one person at a time, and more about changing systems that, in the end, will help us all. We are all connected and interdependent. When a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy, we all succeed.

So on this Independence Day, reach out and give back to the nation that has given so much to you.

Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.

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