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A young girl packages highly nutritious, vitamin fortified soy-rice casserole for the Kids Against Hunger event on May 19, 2012 held in the Hagerstown Elementary Gymnasium. Kids Against Hunger is a humanitarian food-aid organization to reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and to feed starving children throughout the world.Photo courtesy of Jeff Huffine</em

A young girl packages highly nutritious, vitamin fortified soy-rice casserole for the Kids Against Hunger event on May 19, 2012 held in the Hagerstown Elementary Gymnasium. Kids Against Hunger is a humanitarian food-aid organization to reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and to feed starving children throughout the world.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Huffine

Integrity and industriousness matter here. Inclusiveness, too. Those virtues have been imbedded in our community from the start, along with a pioneering spirit and deep spirituality.

We do what’s right, not what’s easy. We’re just. We’re nurturing. We’re charitable. We care about our children and our neighbors’ children. We dare to reach out to build people up, rather than put them down.

From Day 1, our leaders have endowed our futures by paying forward. Volunteerism and charitable giving are big here.

Year after year, Wayne County is a statewide leader in giving to the United Way. It has one of the strongest Boys and Girls Clubs anywhere.

We offer a range of nurturing social services that reach all ages, all races, all needs. We give free books to new parents with Birth-to-Five. Local entrepreneurs started a summer program to help schoolchildren move forward and a native son started the nationally known Lemonade Day. We build playgrounds for all our children and homes through Habitat for Humanity for hard-working families that need them.

Our medical community offers first-rate care and often is the first to step up with charitable giving. Our educational systems are focused on excellence, as are the colleges that are rapidly growing in numbers and facilities.

Our businesses support notable causes with their talents and their money. Our government and legal systems are supportive, too. They stand on guard, not in the way. Good values run as deep as the beautiful Whitewater Gorge. They are what help make us safe and secure in our future.