Tom Boyle 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?
I have donated annually to United Way for close to 30 years through employee contribution plans. In addition, I’ve occasionally participated in larger volunteer projects, such as building playgrounds or painting, through my employer. Last year I started volunteering through the Reading Success program at local elementary schools. You really feel like you’re part of the organization and the school — it’s very rewarding.
What inspired you to become involved with United Way of Lake County?
First, United Way has many options for volunteers to get involved so there’s something for everyone. Second, the programs are well-organized and for some programs, at least the ones I was in, training was provided so you feel really well prepared before you start the volunteer program. Lastly, United Way has a genuine focus on the communities that have needs and the programs that make a difference. I was most interested in serving the communities that I worked in.
Which of United Way’s programs do you connect to most and why?
For me, it was the Reading Success program. It’s a program that allows me to directly contribute to the success of the students. When I arrived at the school, I was able to say hello to the office staff. They always made me feel welcomed, like I was part of the team that was helping the community and that specific school. It was a great experience.
Why do you think it is important to support United Way’s mission?
That’s a great question! I think it’s important to support United Way’s mission because there are many individuals and groups who need additional support and I believe United Way does a great job at identifying and meeting those needs across many areas in Lake County. I also think the programs are really well targeted and well thought out. They seem to have a plan to them. They seem to have a focus that makes sense for that community. There’s a strategy to it for where they want to put their focus.
What does education mean to you?
I view education as the single most important element of our society and any society, whether it’s modern society or developing areas of the world. It’s the foundation of everything good that happens. Relationships, empathy, economic success, and personal advancement… It’s the foundation of culture in society.
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