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Each one of us can make an impact on poverty

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of Granite United Way and its Financial Stability Partnership, I want to thank you for assisting us in getting the word out to the public about our poverty reduction initiative. Dedicating specific and consistent space in your newspaper for the public to become familiar with this and the One Thing movement is an incredible commitment and we are indebted to you.

Getting consistent information out to the public, about a matter of concern to us all, is not easily accomplished without your support. Poverty, as we have said, is a complex issue which will require us all to work together to resolve. It's one of those issues that we often turn and run from because it's just so big. However, through local efforts such as One Thing, Better Together and the like, we know that ordinary people do extraordinary things. While we need the resources of our community institutions and organizations, we must not overlook the power of regular people contributing their talent and passion to help one's neighbor. One Thing empowers people to take action wherever they can. Doing one conscious thing to make a difference, to make someone else's life brighter, is all part of the change it will take to overtake poverty.

Poverty steals away ones future — health, education and prosperity. When this happens we all pay the consequences. In today's economy, many jobs demand a post-secondary education to acquire family-sustaining wages. The future, if nothing changes, is unattainable for those who cannot compete.

Yes poverty is complex, as is the world in which it exists. We cannot lose our children to poverty. Their future, and ours, depends on it! Thank you for helping us to get the word out. Thank you for doing your One Thing to alleviate poverty. We invite all members of the community to participate in this effort.

For more information on how to become engaged in the One Thing movement and the Financial Stability Partnership, contact Granite United Way at (603) 737 -1121. We will be happy to assist you in findings ways to contribute your talents. If anyone wishes, I can be reached at the Granite United Way's Central Regional Office at 383 South Main St., Laconia, and may also be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Alan Robichaud