VALPARAISO | Gearing up for this year’s annual fall campaign, United Way of Porter County volunteers and staff addressed a crowd at this year’s CEO Leadership Breakfast held at Indiana Beverage. “Be The One” was on everyone’s minds, as presentations were made on the progress United Way is making in the Porter County community. Attendees took photos inside a life-size No. 1 cut-out, signifying that it just takes one person to change someone’s life for the better.
Following Jon Leetz’s welcoming remarks, George Carberry, United Way Board chair, and Sharon A. Kish, president of United Way of Porter County, updated attendees on United Way’s funding initiatives of Education, Health and Financial Stability. Citing that one in every three senior citizens who passes each year has some form of dementia, Kish shared a client story from St. Agnes Adult Day Service, one of United Way’s partner agencies. “After being diagnosed with dementia 10 years ago, care for Irene grew more and more difficult,” Kish said. “She had become frightened, confused and even angry at times. After several months of convincing, Irene’s daughter took her to visit St. Agnes Adult Day Service. At first, she didn’t want to interact with any staff or other seniors. Now, she looks forwards to going every day. Her daughter said, ‘She may not remember anyone’s names, but she’s knows they are friends! The socialization is priceless, and St. Agnes is a safe home-away-from-home.’”
Campaign Chairs, Greg and Liz Farrall from Farrall Wealth, thanked all the United Way friends in the room and urged them to remain engaged in the fall campaign. “Remember, it all starts with you,” said the Farralls. “Please be the one to lead your organization in the United Way campaign.” The 2013-14 campaign goal in Porter County is $1.8 million.
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