Bill Pappano Chooses United Way of Lake County
Donors and volunteers shared with us why they choose to give to United Way of Lake County. We hope their stories motivate you to continue (or begin!) to choose United Way when you are asked to participate in your workplace giving campaign.
How long and in what ways have you been involved with United Way of Lake County?
My wife has worked at United Way of Lake County for more than 10 years. We have supported United Way’s mission through our giving and, as an AbbVie employee, I have also participated in United Way’s community volunteer opportunities.
What inspired you to become involved with United Way?
I am inspired to give because of the stories of families in need in our community. I remember hearing stories about young elementary students showing up to school in the middle of winter without any socks or boots.
What aspect of United Way’s work do you connect with most and why?
We have two children in elementary school who have grown up in a house that is overflowing with books. It is hard to imagine that there are children within miles of where we live who do not have any children’s books in their home.
Why do you think it’s important to support United Way’s mission?
I know the advantage that an education gives a child in life. President Obama once said, “A child’s course in life should be determined not by the zip code she’s born in, but by the strength of her work ethic and the scope of her dreams.” I appreciate the work United Way does to give every child a chance to succeed and achieve their dreams.
What does education mean to you?
Education is power. Education gives us the power to think critically. Education is the fuel that enables us to reach our full potential. Education gives us power to make a difference in our life and in the lives of others.
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