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United Way of St. Joseph County
To mobilize the community to collectively reduce poverty.
To mobilize the community to collectively reduce poverty.

United Way of St. Joseph County's posts

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"Poverty is such a significant issue in St. Joseph County and affects thousands of individuals, families and children in our community. As relevant as this issue is, it is often ignored because it is uncomfortable for communities to admit and take ownership of this issue. Ignoring poverty only augments the cycle but has a linear effect on the economy, education, crime, inclusion and a host of other aspects of a community.

"I commend United Way of St. Joseph County for their leadership on this issue and LOGAN appreciates the opportunity to partner with them in providing support to individuals with disabilities that turn to LOGAN’s Protective Services in their most trying times." #FacesofUW #PovertytoPossibility

Clint Bolser
President and CEO, LOGAN Center

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"Not everyone has the same chance to succeed in life. If you help individuals realize opportunities are not out of reach, this will ultimately help improve the quality of life for our community as a whole." #‎FacesofUW‬ ‪#‎PovertytoPossibility

United Way Volunteer Since 2013

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"Reducing poverty is critical to ensuring sustainability and future growth in St. Joseph County. Giving back to the community is important to me and something that Eaton South Bend prides itself on." ‪#‎FacesofUW‬ ‪#‎ReducePovertyinSJC‬

Jordan Musselman
Eaton, HR Manager
United Way Volunteer Since 2008

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"We are all a reflection of the general well-being of the communities in which we live. When Poverty impacts anyone in the community it impacts all of us in some way. United Way is an important partner in helping so many local agencies improve the quality of life for all of us." ‪#‎FacesofUW‬ ‪#‎PovertytoPossibility‬

Len Buszkiewicz
1st Source Bank – Assistant Vice President
United Way Volunteer Since 2004
United Way Allocation Panel Member

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"It is important to reduce poverty because of multiple variables such as trauma, crime, hunger, isolation, depression and a breakdown of community communication, relationships and overall strength.

"In my opinion, poverty is a challenge everyone in our community needs to work towards reducing. If someone in our community is suffering from a poor quality of life, that is an OPPORTUNITY for all of us as a unified group to rise to the occasion, educate ourselves on how we can impact change and then follow through with positive and effective ACTIONS." #‎FacesofUW‬ ‪#‎PovertytoPossibility‬

Maggie Gibney
Community Wellness Coordinator, Purdue Extension

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"Why do I work to fight poverty? Because so many in our community are one paycheck, one accident, one medical bill away from tragedy. As a social worker and advocate, I have devoted the last 20 years to fighting for social justice, because I truly believe that everyone deserves equal economic and social opportunities. ‪#‎FacesofUW‬ ‪#‎PovertytoPossibility‬

Lani Vivirito
Chief Policy & Resource Officer, Center for the Homeless

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"It is very disheartening to know that children in our community actually go to bed hungry—that they will not have the same opportunities in life to succeed. United Way truly makes a difference in so many ways. I am fortunate to work for a wonderful company that not only encourages our associates to volunteer their time, but also gives funds to United Way based on the time we spend volunteering." ‪#‎FacesofUW‬ ‪#‎PovertytoPossibility‬

Laura, Member Service Manager for Sam's Club
United Way Employee Campaign Manager
Volunteer since 2011

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Researchers know that it’s expensive to be poor. But they are only beginning to understand the sum of the financial, psychological, and cultural disadvantages that come with poverty.

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"No community is truly strong, whole and healthy as long as part of it is suffering and in need. We cannot continue to look the other way and pretend poverty does not affect us because it weakens every aspect of our society. Inadequate nutrition, poor and unsafe housing, lack of comprehensive health care, insufficient parental support—all these contribute to a terrible repeating cycle of hopelessness and need that we must break for the future of St. Joseph County." ‪#‎FacesofUW‬ ‪#‎PovertytoPossibility‬

Anne Kolaczyk
Lead Technical Training Professional, University of Notre Dame
Chair of Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger Food Drive
United Way Community Partner Since 2010

"We volunteer to give hope. Without hope, there is nothing. Reducing the cycle of poverty helps strengthen our community and benefits all people within the community. We are fortunate Ridge supports United Way and our fundraising efforts." #FacesofUW

Ridge NAPA Auto Parts and Paint
Debie, Sue and Laurie
United Way Team Volunteers since 2012
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