If you want to support the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, the first step may have nothing to do with your checkbook.  But it could mean:

Giving time to volunteer in community programs and initiatives.
Learning about issues in your community, finding out how you can help and who can make a difference.
Sharing your successes with others in order to energize them.

Anyone can talk about what should be done in a community. Be the one who takes action - and inspires others to do the same.