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Community Urged to Support Local Charities

The United Way of San Diego County and local business leaders came together in the name of philanthropy to urge San Diegans to increase support to local charities and nonprofit agencies.

At a press conference held Oct. 30, Jerry Sanders, the local United Way president, along with Qualcomm Inc. chairman Irwin Jacobs and Tom Wornham, senior vice president and regional manager of Wells Fargo Bank, addressed the media and community about the needs of local charities.

While the holiday season signals the season of giving and fund-raising for many charities, Sanders said many local agencies, particularly those that depend heavily on donations, are being hit hard by the lack of support mainly due to money being donated to Sept. 11 victims in New York and the country’s current economic situation.

These agencies are canceling or rescheduling fund-raising events for next year, he said.

“We want people to consider giving to charities that they know and support,” Sanders said.

United Way is continuing to do outreach to local business and organizational groups to spread its message.

“It’s really important to start thinking about San Diego we need to raise the awareness of the needs here,” Sanders said, emphasizing a strong need for donations to go to local military families and children.

“Everyone’s done a fabulous job supporting the East Coast (in the wake of the Sept. 11 event) but people need to remember there’s still a need here,” Wornham said.

The situation for the less fortunate in San Diego hasn’t changed , there are still hungry people and those who still need resources and assistance, Wornham said.

“Those who needed help before Sept. 11 still need help,” he said.

In an effort to help nonprofit organizations, Wells Fargo has stepped up local contributions and donations, and also added $100,000 to its charity campaign.

“We’re putting the money where our mouth is,” Wornham said.

The local bank company is also encouraging San Diegans to continue giving.

“This is clearly a community effort. We want to make sure nobody looses sight that people need support and services need to be provided,” Wornham said.

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