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YL@UR Supports United Way

Why do you invest in the United Way?

For Young Leaders @ UR, as ambassadors for the United Way, it's just part of what we do! 

Felicia Garcia-Hartstein"I was taught that, regardless of how much money you have or make, giving back to your community is a must.  And by giving to United Way, I am doing just that!  Contributions of any size will not only help our community but will also build a stronger bond between all of us."
Felicia Garcia-Hartstein
Director, University Volunteer Management Coordination
Owen"I donate to the United Way because: For the last 16 years, my financeé has worked for Genesee Valley Rotary Camp, which is partially funded by United Way contributions.  GVRC provides a totally free outdoor camping experience for children with disabilities.  When I see the smiles on the faces of the campers and staff, I know my gifts are making a lasting impact."
Owen Zacharias
Project Director, Web Design & Development
Amy Happ"I give to the United Way to do what I can to help our community grow and thrive.  The United Way works on some of the most challenging issues facing our region and is a vital resource in improving the lives of so many in our community.  When we work together, we can accomplish great things."
Amy Happ
Associate Director, Government & Community Relations
Sasha Eloi"I give because the impact on the future of our community is priceless."
Sasha Eloi
Counselor, Office of Minority Student Affairs
Shannon"I give to the United Way because they support and further the belief that we are one community.  I rest assured knowing that my contribution is optimized to assist those who struggle to meet their basic needs.  Giving is not self-less.  A financial contribution does wonders to assist the community, but giving is an amazing way to connect and uplift both the recipient and the contributor."
Shannon Rolston
Office of the President
Ryan Jones"I give to United Way because I believe in their mission to solve local problems through leadership and community building. By demonstrating compassion, caring, and sharing, the United Way makes Rochester a better place to live."
Ryan Jones
Information Analyst, Radiation Oncology, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Maggie Cassie
"The Community Fund gives me the opportunity to support the entire community and maximize my giving to support a wide-range of services.  The United Way of Greater Rochester has done the work to identify community needs, so I trust that my money goes to those really in need."
Maggie Cassie
Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity
Hysha"I give to the United Way campaign because I care. I care not only about making sure those in my community are helped, but it is my responsibility to partner with those around me at the University of Rochester to do our part to support the community that sustains us."
Hysha Robinson Nesmith
Associate Director of Financial Aid
Alexandra Sullivan"Winston Churchill once said “we make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”  To me giving to the United Way is a road I choose to take in order to make a difference in our community, to help those truly in hardship, and to help to start slowly changing the world.  It is a small sacrifice to make in order to implement a difference."
Alexandra Sullivan
School of Nursing
Jermayne "Supporting the United Way is very important to me because it gives me the ability to change lives, inspire hope, encourage others and impact my community on a larger and broader scale then I could do on my own. Great leaders are those who not only reach back to help others but they give their time, talents and resources to help improve the lives of the individuals and communities that they live in and serve."
Jermayne Myers
Ambassador and Guest Service Specialist
Mindy Hoftender"I give because it’s important to support the programs that are trying to improve our community."
Mindy Hoftender
School of Nursing
Colleen McCarthy"Rochester is lucky to benefit from (the talents and resources of) many community service organizations. The United Way acts as a connector, encouraging collaboration and maximizing the impact of my donation."
Colleen McCarthy
Government and Community Relations
Shaquana Divers"One of my favorite quotes is by Marian Wright Edelman. She says “service is the rent we pay for living”. The United Way provides our community with the services and programs that are needed to improve the quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens.  That is why I am always grateful to donate to UW."
Shaquana Divers
Center for Community Health, Community Transformation Grant, Program Manager
anonymous"I donate through continuous pledge because I know it does make a difference in people’s lives and in our community overall, but I like to give quietly."
University Advancement
Larry Boykins"It's important for me to support the United Way not only because sharing is caring, but it's also the right thing to do."
Larry Boykins
Administrator, Finance and Human Resources
Candice Lucas"I give because I care. We all encounter difficult circumstances throughout our lives. Unfortunately, we may not always be prepared to handle them. By giving to the United Way, I can give assistance to those in need when they have nowhere else to turn."
Candice A. Lucas
Director, Community Health Services
Todd St. Vrain"I think globally but also act locally. Giving to the United Way is a way to give back to the local community of my new hometown of Rochester."
Todd St. Vrain
Manager, International Initiatives