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United Way: Final Week of Campaign

Contributed by: Marta Stephens
Published: Monday, 25 November 2013 2:00 PM

The theme of this year’s United Way campaign, “Creating Brighter Headlines for Tomorrow” is clearly evident in the following success story about a young mother and A Better Way.

"A woman first came to A Better Way years ago seeking our help. She had been employed as a hairstylist, and was now in a second marriage. Her first marriage with the father of her children had ended in divorce. The second husband became emotionally and verbally abusive. When we met her she was meek, lacking in self-confidence, and had been beaten down and broken to the point of believing she was of no value. She suffered from depression and we were concerned for her personal safety.

She came in and out of shelter a few times, and eventually left the abusive husband. She came to our support groups and attended counseling sessions. She is in nursing school now… an A student.

Last school year, her son, a senior at Delta High School, was a member of the tennis team, which does an annual fundraiser to support a local charity. He asked that the fundraiser benefit A Better Way. The night of the dinner during which they awarded the check, our staff member, who attended, teared up as she watched this woman with whom we had worked for so long. She wasn’t doing anything special. She was doing what all of the other moms were doing. She just looked like a proud, happy mother of a wonderful son.

With her permission, her son applied for the Lily Scholarship, using her as the subject of his essay about the most influential person in his life. It was very moving to read how proud he was of her and how she had persevered. That young man was awarded the scholarship, which impacted and encouraged us all." – Jenni March, CEO, Delaware County United Way.

On this, the final week of the Ball State Employee United Way Campaign, our collective gifts; small and large, will have a tremendous impact on those in need. Help create brighter headlines in Delaware County. Please give generously.

We will continue to accept pledges and contributions beyond the campaign end date. Additional pledge cards and Payroll Deduction cards are available by contacting Marta Stephens, University Human Resource Services. For more information about the 2013 campaign visit, www.bsu.edu/unitedway.

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