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Why We Give

Volunteers unload the car of Curtis Roddy, whose fraternity contributed nearly 1,200 cans of food during the Stephen E. Garner Day of Caring.
Volunteers unload the car of Curtis Roddy, whose fraternity contributed nearly 1,200 cans of food during the Stephen E. Garner Day of Caring.

The Cornell community plays a substantial role in helping dozens of local non profits, that assist our friends, neighbors, families, and ourselves, in any given year. Here, some Cornell community members share their thoughts on why they give to the United Way.

“My granddaughter is autistic and received excellent care and education while in the Franziska Racker Center. I make it a priority to give what little I can to this organization.”
Deb Kastenhuber

“Years ago, my oldest son was in crisis and attempted suicide. I missed some obvious signs which I have still never forgiven myself for. But I was fortunate that he pulled through with the support of myself, doctors and counselors. He, now years later, has a wonderful family himself and we are so very close in communications and support to this day. A co-worker also committed suicide several years ago. While I was able to pull through my own family’s experience and get help; I know there are several people who may not have the support the Crisis Center offers. I have all my United Way Donation, while not a tremendous amount, go to the Crisis Center as a way to know there’s an organization young and older people can reach out to if ever needed.”
Anonymous

“I consider myself fortunate to have a job in these uncertain economic times and have often wanted to find ways to make my job have meaning, to show my gratitude for what I have an make a difference to others. by giving to United Way, I know that my money is being responsibly stewarded and used in ways that will help those who are most in need in my own community. I myself have availed of some of the United Way member organization services in the past, such as the Daycare and Child Development Council, and was immeasurably grateful to give back to the community I live in; each pay period my donation is barely noticeable to me, but I know in the end, it all adds up to support a very valuable group of services that Tompkins County would be hard pressed to do without.”
Stephanie Herrick

“To be very honest, I’ve been sporadic in giving to the United Way over the years. After the birth of my granddaughter who has Down Syndrome (we call it Up-Syndrome) and who benefits from the Franziska Racker Center programs, I’m sure I’ll be more consistent in the future. The fact that I can specify the organization where I’d like my donation to go is a strong incentive.

Staff members from the University Business Service Center and family at the Guinness World Record Breaking Event September, 2008. Proceeds were donated to the United Way of Tompkins County.
Staff members from the University Business Service Center and family at the Guinness World Record Breaking Event September, 2008. Proceeds were donated to the United Way of Tompkins County.

“Also, when the United Way campaign started this year, our VP for CIT sent a really nice e-mail to CIT-ALL. The email was nicely written, informative, stated facts, and encouraged donations. In no way would a person have felt pressured.”
Kathie Struble

“During the holidays, I was approached by a parent whose daughter participated in the Youth and Philanthropy Program. He was absolutely ecstatic about her success during her first semester in college during which she achieved Dean’s honors. He went on to say that her participation in YAP was a milestone in her high school development, and that is gave her confidence as well as a different outlook on the role youth leaders can play in their communities. He went on to say that she’s taking that with her to college and that he and his wife appreciate so much what the United Way and YAP do.

This father’s pride and appreciation gave me the opportunity to celebrate United Way with him as we both expressed our hopes that the Cornell campaign would reach its goal, and we did. HOORAY and thanks to everyone for a wonderful spirit of commitment to service, and to providng human services to our community.”
LeNorman Strong

“I have donated to the Salvation Army through the United Way for the last 4 years. My daughter is friends with a child whose parent is a Salvation Army Employee with the music program. My children participated in the music programs for a couple of years, so we spent a lot of time at the Salvation Army. They offer music lessons, a summer overnight camp, and summer day camps for children in Tompkins County and the surrounding areas with no charge to the families. I was amazed at how talented some of these children are, and realized that they may not have an opportunity to explore music to this extent had it not been for the Salvation Army and their volunteers. In addition, while hanging out at the Salvation Army, I witnessed the Salvation Army’s mission to provide food to those in need. It was difficult to see people come into the agency looking for food in order to feed their families. I sincerely believe that people in this prosperous country that we live in should not be going hungry. I know that my modest donation every pay period will be used by the Salvation Army to help people in a way that I would not be able to do on my own.”
Christina Rice

“I give to United Way because it is money that stays in the community and helps people locally, and it has low administrative costs so more of my money is allocated to those who need it”.
Barbara Eaglesham

“Because while I am grateful for my own good fortune…I cannot help but think that those in need could be me or my own family.”
Kathryn Boor

“A measure of a civilized society is how we support vulnerable and growing members of our community.  United Way enables us to offer a hand, even when we can’t be there in person.  I would not want to imagine our community without United Way.  Thank you for all you do!”
Susan Steward

“I believe in giving back to my community through volunteering and financial contributions.  What I can offer financially is small, but every drop of rain raises the ocean.”
Cindy Wright

“I always believed that everybody doing a little, will accomplish much, in reaching a common goal.”
Jennifer Morey

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