Dear Editor:


The strength of our community largely is defined by how we take care of one another. One of the support systems in this community is the United Way of Story County, which has served as a bridge, linking all sectors of the community and bringing diverse partners and competitors to the same table — all for the betterment of our community. UWSC has a key group of community partners and provides funding to more than 90 core programs and services that is needed to combat challenging problems that faces the residents of this county.


One such partner agency is the Center for Creative Justice, which is a community-based, nonprofit agency that has provided adult probation services in Story County since 1974. Annually, CCJ handles about 75 percent of the probation cases assigned in Story County. Most importantly, CCJ has achieved positive results. Historically, 85 percent of its clients have successfully completed their probation, and 93 percent did not reoffended within the following 12 months after completing probation.


Through United Way funding, CCJ has been able to help reduce crime in the community, reduce victimization and contribute to improving our community by lessening the burden on law enforcement, jails and courts. It would be impossible for CCJ to keep providing this level of service without the support of UWSC.


United Way’s efforts help thousands of people in Story County improve their lives and enter a path to success. Participating in the annual UWSC LIVE UNITED campaign is one way each of us is able to join in with them in supporting our community.


When you give to United Way, you are making a difference by supporting crucial safety net programs and long-term efforts to strengthen our community. Your support ensures the success of our children, the integrity of our families and neighborhoods, the dignity of our seniors and a second chance for people rebuilding their lives. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED!


Bradley M. Bender


President – FY 2017


Board of Directors


Center for Creative Justice