A self-proclaimed “introvert,” Victoria Williams admits to being inexplicably energized while in the company of like-minded philanthropic women. See how her unique childhood pushed her out of her shell and into the limelight of women’s leadership groups both professionally and as a volunteer.
The mantra “think globally, act locally” is a fact of life for Generation United Member, Erika Moore. She leads an active life built upon service and adventure – two key themes that help this busy nonprofit professional come to life – all in an effort to improve herself and our community. Erika’s enthusiasm is contagious, catch her fever:
When I was young, my grandmother used to pick up my sisters and me once a week to visit the Saguaro Library in Phoenix. Here, I met Amelia Bedelia, Ramona Quimby and many other characters I fondly remember.
Arizona's economy relies on a skilled workforce that's prepared to tackle the complexities of 21st century jobs. Eileen Klein, president of the Arizona Board of Regents, moderated a panel discussion by local education champions on the importance of a birth-to-career education approach for our community. Click on the photo to view a visual recap.
I’ll never forget that day in August four years ago. It was my first volunteer experience and it changed my perception of reality and shaped my life into what it is today: all about connecting through service with Generation United.
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! Do you remember your favorite teacher? Here’s one you won’t want to forget when you learn how fifth grade teacher, Reid DeSpiegelaere made sure his students didn’t go hungry.
Parents understand how restoring our surroundings can help bring a fresh perspective for tackling challenges and opportunities. The sense of accomplishment gained from tidying up closets, garages or flowerbeds builds confidence for uncluttering other areas of our lives – like spending.
It’s true. People who volunteer often say they give back and make a positive change for the less fortunate. And most are telling the truth, but maybe not the entire truth. We do things that make us feel good; about what we’re giving and the impact we can make. However, my journey didn’t start that way.
Nine years ago, I came from Malaysia to Arizona so I could one day give my children a quality education and a better life. I now have 5-year old twins, Keison and Keiserinne, and I want to make sure they have more educational advantages than I did. That’s why I introduced reading and writing to them early. Thankfully, I found a gem in United Way’s School Readiness Kit.
When I was a kid, I loved the school carnival: the games, music, cakewalk, and prizes. Imagine if that memorable event was focused on one thing – creating a love of reading – and you’ll get a glimpse into the wonderful Read On Greater Phoenix literacy fairs led by Valley of the Sun United Way.