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December 2008 eNewsletter

Newsletter Highlights
Happy Holidays! Learn about our workplace contributors from The Mortgage House, meet our new staff member, see what United Way has been up to this holiday season, and view the Nonprofit Wish List.

MortgageHouse The Mortgage House Employees Live United
Mortgage House Employees
The Mortgage House, Inc. and its employees have always been very involved in the community supporting many local organizations. Their primary focus is towards groups dealing with children and families, as well as their schools, arts and health programs. With United Way of SLO County's concentration on education, income and health, it's a natural fit that The Mortgage House has shown their support by holding an employee workplace fundraising campaign, providing corporate donations and giving "sweat equity" at special events and community service days.
The Mortgage House was founded in 1995 on the principle of putting customers first. They offer a selection of loan programs to meet the unique requirements of any borrower. The company is a direct lender, not a mortgage broker. From application to funding, everything is handled locally with a "hands-on" approach every step of the way. Whether it is a purchase loan, a reverse mortgage, or a refinance to lower an existing interest rate, consolidate debts or make home improvements, The Mortgage House has a full range of options to help tailor the ideal financing for each and every customer.
Mortgage HouseLeft to right (seated): Jeremy Patch, Sean Warren, Katy Morris, Jody Brooking, Char Storlie; (standing) Sam Cotton, Rick Brause, Shar Gregory, Roxanne Carr, Jim Gilletly, Beverly Davis, Rolf Storlie

NewStaffNew United Way Staff: Cynthia Hostetter
CythiaCynthia Hostetter, our new Campaign Coordinator, will be taking over for Lilith Chenaux this month. Cynthia is currently completing her Masters in Nutrition at Cal Poly. Before going back to school, she worked for Barnett Cox & Associates as a Senior Account Manager and in Washington D.C. for a public health firm focusing on alcohol and drug abuse prevention through community partnership grants. Cynthia grew up in SLO, went away for 25 years, and returned in 1998. She is passionate about helping people to live healthy lives through healthy eating and active living, and loves to kayak, hike, camp, cook and garden. Cynthia is also passionate about helping businesses start their own workplace campaigns! Contact her at [email protected] or call 541-1234 x15.
Best wishes to Lilith in her adventures in Texas!

Remember Those On Your Holiday Shopping List In A Meaningful Way

giftDid you know that many people would prefer to receive a gift that would benefit someone else rather than a traditional holiday present?  A donation to United Way, in the name of your friends and family members, offers a meaningful alternative to traditional holiday gifts.

Your United Way contribution invests in local programs which serve local needs in the areas of education, income and health, such as:

  • The Atascadero LINK Teens at Work program, providing work preparedness skills for local high school age youth.
  • The Women's Shelter Program of SLO County, which helps women to become self-sufficient and financially provide for their family.
  • The Children's Health Initiative of SLO County, helping to ensure that every child in SLO County has health insurance.

It's easy to make an online donation in a friend or family member's name. Just click here and fill in the requested information on the online donation form.  Make sure to type "In the name of..." and the person's name into the box labeled "Focus".

Remember, it takes so little to make a big difference in someone's life.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and your family and friends!

Target and United Way Share this Season
Christmas TreeAs part of this year's 18th annual Share A Tree program, Target of Paso Robles will donate three of their decorated Christmas trees to area families in need. Nominations for families were accepted from social services agencies, and employees from Old Navy in San Luis Obispo are donating gifts for the families. Volunteers from Charter Communications deliver the trees.

Elementary School Students Spread Holiday Cheer
Earlier this month, United Way visited Virginia Peterson Elementary School in Paso Robles. First and second grade students learned about homelessness in SLO County, and then made gifts for local organizations. Pipe cleaner and bead napkin rings were given to the Senior Nutrition Program  to enjoy at their holiday party, and Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter received cards and pictures to encourage those staying at their overflow shelter and to let them know they are thought of this holiday season.

Students at Virginia Peterson

Emerging Leaders Circle
Emerging Leaders LogoLaunching in 2009, the Emerging Leaders Circle (ELC) will recognize and recruit young professionals who support the United Way and are willing to share their talent, spirit, and resources for the betterment of our community. ELC members are up-and-coming leaders that mobilize their caring power in order to improve the education, income and health of the SLO County community.

Want to find out more? Join us on Thursday, January 15 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Café Roma in SLO. Light appetizers and beverages will be served and you can mingle with other young professionals. Come learn more about United Way's Emerging Leaders Circle, no strings attached. Please RSVP to 541-1234 by January 9.

Thank You For Your Support

United Way Ornament

As the year comes to a close we would like to thank you for your support of United Way. We are grateful for what you have done this past year, the lives you've changed and the communities you have inspired.
Have a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous 2009!

WishListNonprofit Wish List
You can help a SLO County nonprofit agency by taking a moment to read through a "wish list" of items and volunteers needed, as well as employment opportunities. If you can help by donating an item or by volunteering, or want more information about a job posting, please contact the agency directly using the information provided in each listing. Click here to view the wish list.

Contact Us

United Way of SLO County
P.O. Box 14309
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
Office (805) 541-1234
Fax (805) 543-5317

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True Loves to Face Most Expensive Christmas Ever
According to PNC Wealth Management's Christmas Price Index, which reflects the costs of the classic song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," the cost is $21,080. This year's index increased by 8.1% over last year, the second biggest leap in the history of the whimsical economical analysis. The cost of Seven Swans-a-Swimming proved to be a driver of this year's index, carrying a 33.3% increase due to their scarcity. True Loves will spend $5,500 on Swans this year, compared to just $4,200 last year. However, True Loves will pay less for Five Golden Rings this year, since retailers are trying to move luxury merchandise in light of concerns with the slowing economy. To learn more about the PNC Price of Christmas Index, and to view the cost of Christmas since 1984, visit the PNC Christmas Price Index website.
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