Volunteerism is the spirit behind United Way

April 26, 2013

Teamwork is the special sauce of success in any organization. Without it, there would have been no Super Bowl parade for the Ravens on Pratt Street and no renewed buzz about the Orioles' building on last season's remarkable progress.

At a broader level, teamwork improves lives and community conditions for all. At United Way of Central Maryland, our mantra is "Give. Advocate. Volunteer."

This week, we celebrate National Volunteer Week, and I ask everyone to join me in thanking the thousands of volunteers across our region who gave of their time last year to improve the lives of others.

Whether preparing healthy meals at a soup kitchen, instilling in children a love for reading through our Read-Learn-Succeed program or preventing summer slide among Head Start students, thousands of United Way volunteers gave of themselves to impact people's lives in our community.

Too often we read about destruction and hatred. But this week we celebrate the best of humanity. Thanks to all our volunteers.

Mark Furst, Baltimore

The writer is president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland.

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