Why Live United?
Where the Money Goes
Melissa Rhodes, United Way Campus Campaign Coordinator
My first experience with volunteering began in college at Oklahoma State University when, as a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, all were required to perform hours of service. I admit, when I first started I felt pushed outside my comfort zone. I quickly learned the key is to find your passion and then comfort comes easily. I have sorted clothes in a warehouse, given out school supplies, worked in a soup kitchen, volunteered at a nursing home, walked dogs at the shelter, worked at a blood drive, and wrapped care packages for soldiers. My advice, to anyone just starting out, is to keep trying until you find what is comfortable for you, this is no different from a career, just keep trying. Another lesson I have learned, is the various stages in our lives bring us opportunities. As we are starting out, we may not have the resources to give financially, so we can give of our time and talents. Other times in our lives, we may not be able to give anything, at all. We are on the receiving end of what the charities offer; this is when we learn how someone making a donation can change the lives of others. At another time in our life, we are able to share our wealth, and we then make a difference in many lives. I encourage every Jayhawk to get out and give; you will receive so much in return.
Dennis Moss, KU Director of Audit – retired
As the retiree representative on the KU United Way Committee, I had a chance to go on a tour of some of the agencies and programs supported by United Way. Everyone should have that opportunity. What an uplifting and inspiring experience to meet the many dedicated people who work so effectively on a daily basis to make our community a better place to live. Through their many community partners, the United Way helps to provide support to thousands of our local citizens with an emphasis on education, health and financial stability. So if you possibly can, please donate to the United Way as the dollars are being put to good use across a wide spectrum of valuable activities that enrich lives.
Laurie Comstock, Director of Special Projects – KU Endowment
I support United Way because the work done by the partner agencies is so important to our community. Many of those agencies don’t have the time or funds for large-scale solicitation. United Way fills that gap and facilitates the partners working together to help avoid duplication of efforts. We’re all just one event away from needing the services of any of these agencies. I help now because I can. Every little bit matters.