Why I give to the United Way

I was first introduced to the United Way of Clinton County at an all-college meeting at Clinton Community College. Enthusiastic recipients of United Way funds shared with us individual stories of how United Way dollars positively impacted the people they serve. I left that meeting eager to get involved and wanting to learn more about how the organizations receiving the resources helped the people of Clinton County.

Not long after that all-college meeting, I attended a United Way-sponsored event at a LumberKings game and at that event I was able to network with United Way staff, as well as many of the donors and recipients of United Way funds.

Through the conversations at that event, I was asked to serve on the United Way Marketing Committee. The experience I have had serving on that committee has given me the opportunity to take a deeper look at the personal stories and the substantial need for supporting the United Way.

I learned that Clinton County has a very high rate of ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed people. United Way helps support programs that give people a hand up, not a hand out. United Way helps support the education of our children. It helps to fund the AmeriCorps reading programs in our schools. In having conversations with my family about supporting the United Way, I learned my dad has been giving to the United Way through his workplace for over 45 years. I have been so encouraged!

The United Way of Clinton County envelops all of the qualities I strive to live by. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. And most of all, in a world where so much has been divided, choose to live united.

Heather Evans,

Admissions & Community Outreach coordinator at Clinton Community College