Glenda Abbott 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.
What inspired you to become involved with United Way of Lake County?
I first became involved with United Way of Lake County many years ago through Abbott’s Employee Giving Campaign. I understood the importance of giving back to the community where I lived and worked, so I started volunteering for service projects with my work colleagues. In an area with such prosperity and opportunity, it was humbling to see the critical issues that affect so many families in Lake County. From my first experience to my most recent experience many years later, United Way continues to be laser-focused on helping families thrive in our local community.
What aspect of United Way’s work do you connect most with and why?
As the parent of two children, I am especially connected to United Way’s commitment to early childhood education. Providing strong educational opportunities for children is fundamental to helping children be successful throughout their lives. This is what I want for my children. I believe this is what every parent wants for their children. United Way is committed to developing programs and uniting resources in the community to help “at risk” children be successful in school. This is my passion and commitment as well.
Why do you think it is important to support United Way’s mission?
In contrast to some programs that focus on symptoms, United Way is focused on addressing the underlying causes of critical issues. Breaking the cycle of poverty is pivotal for addressing the causes and to prevent these issues in the future. Providing supplemental educational opportunities for children in need has been proven to offer a high return on investment in terms of prevention. One of my favorite quotes, “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.”, reminds me of why this is so important.
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