Recently, United Way of Lake County welcomed seven new members to their Board of Directors. We will be highlighting each of the new members on our blog. Next up, hear from Demar Harris, Director of Programs and EEO Officer at Lake County Workforce, about why he decided to join the Board.
What inspired you to join United Way of Lake County’s Board of Directors?
United Way of Lake County has established and implemented an array of community programs that have positively impacted Lake County and the community I reside in. I read United Way’s newsletter that illustrated the importance of their Success By 6 programming, and how kids that are exposed to reading and educational resources at an early age dramatically increase their learning capacity. That inspired me to be part of an organization that is providing an educational ladder for our youth of tomorrow. I felt joining United Way’s Board of Directors would allow me to learn, and be intimately involved in their programming, and fulfill my social economic responsibility by being an active board member
What aspect of United Way’s work do you connect most with and why?
I find the Stay in School programming appealing. The mission of helping youth and their families overcome barriers to graduation really hits home to me. This program allows students and parents to understand career pathways, meet industry professionals, and expose them to work environments. Programs like this can really change the trajectory of a student, parent, and the generation that follows. I want to be part of that agent of change within Lake County and leverage any resources I encompass to contribute to future generations.
Why do you think it is important to support United Way’s mission?
Supporting the mission of “Building Safe and Stable Families” means I live in a community that is stable, safe, and enriching for my family. Supporting United Ways mission allows businesses and volunteer members to uplift others and be a positive impact within their communities.
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