I Am the Change

Today is United Way’s National Day of Action! United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC) is all about bringing change to the Chicagoland area. LIVE UNITED 2020 is our current 10-year vision to transform communities of greatest need by focusing on the three key building blocks of economic stability: education, income and health. By 2020, United Way will ensure 50,000 kids stay on track to graduate, advance economic stability for 100,000 people and help 200,000 people access primary health care. Additionally, United Way will answer the immediate crisis needs of 1 million people each year. Reaching our goals cannot be achieved without our supporters and volunteers. With all of us LIVING UNITED, we can BE THE CHANGE. I am currently interning at United Way as a summer intern. It is so rewarding to be working with an organization that does so much good. Every day I see people’s lives being changed by the hard work of everyone involved with this organization. In addition to interning at a non-profit, I have had some amazing opportunities over the past few years to work with individuals with disabilities. I have volunteered with Special Olympics at my high school and I recently got the chance to volunteer with Best Buddies at my college. My aunt, who is mentally disabled, inspired me to get involved in these wonderful organizations. The kids and adults I worked with were some of the most amazing and determined people I have ever met. One of the young adults I got to know told me he doesn’t have “disabilities” he has “difabilities.” I am so gratefully to have had the opportunity to spend time and learn from these phenomenal people. I am the change. Join us TODAY on twitter @UnitedWayChi for United Way’s Day of Action and tell us how you LIVE UNITED and bring change, using the hashtag #iamthechange. Submitted on behalf of Katie Doan, Communications Intern at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

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