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Terrible financial conditions make it difficult for some people to donate money to a charity, even though many would love to help. These people will often mention how they would be happy to do volunteer work if they only knew of an agency seeking their services.

That observation hasn’t been lost on Phil Hayne, the president of United Way of Greater Lima. He hit a home run with the agency’s new vision that allows residents to pledge a donation of time as well as money.

We especially liked Hayne’s reasoning for making the change.

Noting that the United Way doesn’t want to look like a “money-making machine,” Hayne told a gathering of officials, “We want to increase our volunteer base. It doesn’t necessarily help United Way, but our partner agencies are always looking for volunteers.”

Currently, there is no formal way for people needing volunteers to find them. The new United Way approach will allow agencies “one stop shopping” when looking for volunteers.

Give credit to the Allied Labor Council which was the first to pledge its help, as well as finances, to aid United Way member agencies. The Council represents more than 2,000 people.

“We want to make the community, as well as our own members, aware of how much it heps to volunteer,” said Dave Rabe, chairman of the council.

Having a place where people who want to volunteer can hook up with agencies needing volunteers is a big plus for Lima.

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