Faces of United Way

You may have seen a group of people in their Live United t-shirts doing a volunteer project at a local nonprofit agency, or you may have seen someone wearing the shirt out around town. Here is your chance to get to know a few of those people--Cynthia, Debra, Warren, Liz, Dave and Jen--and their stories of how and why they LIVE UNITED.

Cynthia Jahnke

Cynthia Jahnke

What is your name and what is your position in your organization? Cynthia Jahnke, Campaign Chair

How did you first get involved with United Way? I was asked by a friend to be on the board.

What are some of the activities your organization does to support United Way St. Croix Valley? Sandeen Insurance supports United Way through charitable gifts and the gift of my time to United Way.

Why do you believe it is important to help out in the community? When a community unites to help one another, it creates a stronger, more stable society.

Why do you believe United Way St. Croix Valley is an important resource in the community? The United Way supports over 60 agencies in St. Croix, Pierce and Polk counties. So many people and organizations rely on the United Way for help. Thanks to the generosity of the businesses and individual donations that support us, we are able to do great things like provide more than 566,000 meals through our Food Resource Center. The United Way is the place to go when people need help.

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Debra Weisert

Debra Weisert

What is your name and what is your position in your organization? Debra Weisert, Human Resources Manager, Hudson School District

How did you first get involved with United Way? I have served as the District United Way Campaign Coordinator since 2008. The District staff has participated in the United Way Campaign for many years.

What are some of the activities your organization does to support United Way St. Croix Valley? Both staff and students have participated in events associated with the United Way initiatives including food and book drives and community projects.

Why do you believe it is important to help out in the community? Our staff generously contributes to the community in many ways, but especially appreciates collaborating with the United Way efforts to support children and families. We see the direct connection to student learning and achievement. Collaboration is the key to helping students be successful in all aspects of life.

Why do you believe United Way St. Croix Valley is an important resource in the community? The organized and resourceful leadership team of United Way St. Croix Valley provides an excellent collaborative service platform for others in our community to seamlessly contribute and know those contributions are maximized to help the most people in the best way possible. We trust in their knowledge and expertise.

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Warren Schneider

Warren Schneider

For 38 years I donated to United Way through my employer's campaigns. Now, I am retired and give directly to United Way St. Croix Valley.

For over four decades United Way has been my route to the agencies and initiatives that I care most about.

No matter which United Way goals or initiatives you are passionate about, you can make lasting changes with your generous donation: directly to United Way St. Croix Valley, or through your participating employer's campaign.

United, we will strengthen our communities.

- Warren Schneider, 2010 United Way Campaign Chair

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Liz Stolte

Liz Stolte

I have always been interested in giving to the community. I joined all the campus service organizations and liked Student United Way the best because of its broad focus and community environment within the group.

Student United Way is different because of the community environment we've created with each other. We are more diversified; we can take on any cause instead of turning people away because we have only one central focus.

Through Student United Way, we bring different cultures and causes together to see how much more we can do if we live united.

- Liz Stolte, 2010 Student United Way of UW-River Falls President

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Dave Smith

Dave Smith

United Way is the kind of organization that helps people help other people. I really enjoyed volunteering at the two Day of Caring events. It was so fulfilling because we were able to help people directly and see how grateful they were for assistance with things they couldn't do on their own.

With the economy at a low point, many people are having trouble making ends meet and can't hire people to do things, which is why the Day of Caring is great. It's important to help in the community, especially in this economy. People should volunteer whenever they can; even the smallest thing helps.

- Dave Smith, United Way Volunteer

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Jen Mishkee

Jen Mishkee

When I volunteered at last year's Day of Caring, I really loved interacting with the senior citizen we helped. It was so much fun to not only help her with a task, but to also get to know her and spend time with her. I could tell we really made a difference in her day in more ways than one.

I like volunteering with United Way because it is such a community-oriented organization. I like the way I can get my whole family involved and we can make a difference together.

- Jen Mishkee, United Way Volunteer

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