I have been so privileged and have had so many champions in my life - it’s important to me to be that champion for other people. As a community, when everyone feels like they have a champion and the resources to be the best they can be, we all benefit.
Breaking the Cycle
Bob and Debra support United Way because they know a broad range of supports are needed
We were both raised by single mothers living in poverty.
Bob: I came from an abusive family and grew up on welfare. From an early age, I did anything it took to make sure we had enough. It’s hard growing up like that.
Debra: I was a single mother myself for about four years. At that point, I accessed a lot of supports that were always there for me.
When we look back at where we were, there wasn’t a whole lot out there. Help was limited. Now there are supports in place that weren’t there before, and it’s because of places like United Way.
Everyone wants the next generation to be successful. In essence, we broke the cycle for our own children.
We’ve been donating through our workplace for 18 years. We’re fortunate to work at Finning and have access to their corporate match. That extra bit maximizes our gift.
Every piece of the puzzle is important. Food programs, mental health programs, support for kid’s education – there’s a mix of everything. United Way knows where the need is greatest, so we leave it up to them to invest our donation and provide support in the community.
The supports were there when we needed them, and this is our opportunity to give back.