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.