Success Stories

Mai’er

“I WANT TO BE ABLE TO HELP PEOPLE WHEN I GET OLDER.”

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Holly

“I DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.”

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Reggie

“I WAS NEVER MADE TO FEEL ASHAMED.”

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Fred

“SERVING TOGETHER IS A MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCE.”

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Gretchen

“VOLUNTEERING HAS CHANGED MY STORY.”

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Jenny

“LET’S GO FOR A WALK!”

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Mary

“THE WORK THEY ARE DOING IN OUR SCHOOLS IS TRANSFORMING YOUNG LIVES AND I’M SO GRATEFUL TO BE A PART OF THAT.”

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Autumn

“WITHOUT THE [SUPPORT OF] UNITED WAY, I DON’T THINK S.N.A.P. WOULD BE AS GREAT AS THEY ARE.”

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Leonce

“I WANT TO HELP OTHER KIDS WITH DISABILITIES LEARN.”

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Julie

“I’VE BEEN SO HAPPY SINCE GETTING MY OWN PLACE. NOTHING CAN BREAK MY JOY!”

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Audrey

“SHERRY AT THE YWCA HELPED ME MOVE ON AND PROGRESS. SHE LISTENED WITHOUT BEING JUDGMENTAL, AND SHE REALLY CARED.”

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Radiance

“BEFORE THE YMCA, I COULDN’T GET MY MIND STRAIGHT TO FINISH SCHOOL. THEY’RE HELPING TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.”

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Shonna

“THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS GAVE MY KIDS A FREE PLACE TO GO SO THAT I COULD COMPLETE MY NURSING DEGREE.”

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Tony

“I’VE BECOME MORE GENEROUS AND AWARE BECAUSE OF MY TIME HERE.”

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Sam

“I’M LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO USE MY PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS TO CONNECT WITH MY COMMUNITY AND HELP OUT.”

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Beverly

“I KNOW MY CALLING. I WANT TO HELP THE ELDERLY BY BECOMING A HOME HEALTH AIDE.”

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Leona

“IF YOU HAVE A HEART FOR CHILDREN, YOU’RE CAPABLE OF BEING A FOSTER PARENT.”

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Corrie

“IT WAS VERY HELPFUL HAVING THIS PERSON IN MY LIFE WHO HAD BEEN THERE TO HELP ME DO THE RIGHT THING.”

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Jeff

“IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH MORE THAN A PHONE CALL AND A COUPLE OF VOLUNTEERS.”

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Bradshaws

“WE’RE HOLDING OUR OWN NOW. OUR HEADS ARE FINALLY ABOVE WATER.”

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Charmica

“NOW I’M ON MY WAY. I FEEL GOOD ABOUT MYSELF. I FEEL LIKE I CAN BE A PROVIDER FOR MY CHILDREN.”

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Fanny

“I WANT TO GIVE HER THE BEST START POSSIBLE BECAUSE SHE LOVES TO LEARN AND WE WANT TO KEEP FEEDING THAT LOVE.”

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President & CEO Chris Sargent reflects on our coverage of Impact Week and how United Way is making a difference in our region.

I like numbers.

Not enough to be a mathematician or an accountant, perhaps. But I like what numbers can tell us. For instance, did you know there are 100 billion stars in our galaxy? That’s a lot—until you learn there are 10 trillion times more stars than that in the universe.

Those are fun numbers to throw out at parties. But when we talk about the work of United Way, numbers take on a far deeper meaning.

They represent people’s lives.

Last week we celebrated Impact Week—an opportunity to update you on our progress toward the long-term goals we set in Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs. I hope you took the time to read our blogs detailing data and sharing personal stories.

Why are these updates important? Because that progress isn’t ours alone. It’s collective. It reflects the hard work and expertise of our partners. It spotlights the shared planning and execution of programs and strategies that bring hope and deliver impact. It proves that the gifts of our donors and the commitment of our volunteers bring results.

Most importantly, it shows how real people are seeing real, meaningful, lasting change—change that transforms their lives and our community.

With Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday ushering in the holiday season, the weeks ahead are a time of gratitude and generosity. I’m grateful for the trust our donors place in United Way. I’m thankful for the shared progress by our partners and advocates. I’m hopeful that each of you reading this blog will join us—as donors, as volunteers, as advocates—in making every week, every day, all about impact, all about working together to build a vibrant community where all people realize their full potential.

All people. 100 percent.

That’s a number we can all embrace.

Chris Sargent, President & CEO, United Way BCKR

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To donate to United Way BCKR: Donate

To volunteer with United Way BCKR: Volunteer or email getinvolved@uwbckr.org.

To catch up on all our Impact Week blogs:

Education

Income/Financial Stability

Health

Basic Needs