10 Reasons to #Give

Today is #NYGivesDay – a day dedicated to giving back to nonprofits throughout New York State by way of a 24-hour fundraising challenge that works to raise awareness, build support, and increase shared philanthropy throughout communities. There are more than 300 organizations participating, why should you chose to support United Way of Long Island?

Here are the top 10 reasons, as spoken by our most important advocates:

dsc_0688“YouthBuild helped me get out of my comfort zone and I am a better man, a better husband, a better father looking to help my community in the best way possible. I’m still growing and have things I need to work on, but I’d like to speak to the students and people who are struggling around me and tell them that nothing is handed to you. You have to put in the extra effort, you have to want to change the cycle of negativity.” — Anthony, YouthBuild graduate

“Although I have moved out of Walkabout, the staff and I have maintained our connection. Here is a little secret: I really needed their support after I moved out. They continue to offer it and it has been invaluable. These people are like extended family and I really appreciate all they have done and continue to do in my life.” — Nia, partner agency Family & Children’s Association client

“I saw an ad about a program from United Way of Long Island called VetsBuild for military veterans where, if accepted, I could learn about green construction that could perhaps lead to a new career at 82. The instructors were great, and before I knew it, I had the tools for a new career. VetsBuild gives veterans the chance to learn a new job or convert from conventional construction to green building. It’s a great program.” — David, VetsBuild graduate

image2_0“The scholarship I received from United Way added value to my acceptance letter to Towson, as it officially allowed me to attend the college I knew would be the perfect fit for not only myself, but my future. I have decided to devote my life to a career where I will be helping others.” — Gianna, DREAMS for Youth Scholarship recipient

“As a senior citizen on a fixed-income, I need help and I’m no longer embarrassed to ask for it. I worked my whole life, but living on Long Island, I’m not making the income needed to support life. I’m making payments each month, but I just can’t keep up.I am so grateful the support I am receiving through Project Warmth.  I feel so much more secure knowing that my family will be warm during the coldest time of the year.” — Joan, Project Warmth grant recipient

“Through United Way of Long Island’s YouthBuild program, I was able to receive hands-on training and learn about weatherization,energy-efficiency and green-building. I am more confident today and look forward to a great career in construction and a positive future for myself and my family. Without YouthBuild, I don’t know where I would be.” — Ivan, YouthBuild graduate

emily“I am proud of myself. I love the Ranch and my people here and don’t know where I’d be if I wasn’t here right now. Thank you for being there for me.” — Emily, partner agency Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch client

“United Way has given me an internship opportunity with “Mission United“,  an initiative that focuses specifically on veterans.  Through this program, I have not only learned so much about the career path I have chosen, but I have met truly inspirational people who are guided by the goodness inside of them.  I look forward to what each day brings me now and am open to all opportunities and life lessons.” — Matt, U.S. Army veteran assisted through Mission United

“I hope to bring my educational, musical and personal experiences together by finding cures and treatments through devices and medicine in biomedical engineering and by playing music professionally with the ability to teach people that music is a language of emotion through music performance/education at the University of Arizona Honors College, a dream made possible thanks to my DREAMS for Youth scholarship.” — Michael, DREAMS for Youth Scholarship recipient

“Even though I have a job and a place to live, travel has continued to be an ongoing struggle. As the weather gets colder and the roads more hazardous, having a car of my own allows me to feel safe again.” — Mark, U.S. Navy veteran Wheels for Warriors recipient

On this recognized day of giving, we are grateful for our supporters that allow us to tell stories like these year after year.

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