Watch this space for stories about why (and how) our colleagues Give, Advocate, and Volunteer for United Way. To volunteer your story, please contact Donna Isbell firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am one of the United Way “stories” – a part of the reason I am such a supportive United Way advocate. As difficult as it is sometimes to share, talk about and write about personal experiences, I feel it is necessary to spread the message of support. I have used several of the available agencies.
I have raised two of my grandchildren (siblings) for several years. One is a 19 year old ISU freshman and the other a 15 year old high school freshman. I've taken advantage of Big Brothers/Big Sisters - my grandson has never known his father and his big brother has shared his life for many years. He also receives counseling from the Hamilton Center. CODA provides emotional support for my granddaughter who was domestically abused. Catholic Charities helped my granddaughter relocate. The American Red Cross supported my daughter with four children who lost her home and all possessions in a fire. Meals on Wheels provides continuous support for an elderly relative.
Hear the story about a faculty member whose south-side house was engulfed by the flood of June 7, and how the Salvation Army and Red Cross came to his assistance. In his own words ... (requires QuickTime Player).