Stories

Spirit of Giving: Jeff Kole

Jeff Kole’s generosity and service are guided by the understanding that he is part of and contributing to a much greater community. Through his service and leadership, Jeff is example for our community of how giving from the heart can be a way of life.

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Spirit of Advocating: Kris Rice

Kris Rice has committed her career to being an advocate for those who cannot speak or act for themselves. She has helped changed the culture of how we advocate for victims of sexual abuse and violence, and she has given our community an example of the importance of effective advocacy.

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Spirit of Volunteering: Stacy Jennings

“Once you know United Way,” Stacy (pictured center) says admiringly, “you can’t help but volunteer.” Having been a donor for many years prior, Stacy found the opportunity to stand up and evangelize for United Way to be a uniquely rewarding experience.

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Lauren Dotson - Abilities UnlimitedLauren Dotson: Without Limit

Lauren beat a cancerous storm and is strengthened in the aftermath by a community that believes in the beauty of her dreams.  Today, Lauren is 19 years young and cancer free.

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Lendsz Waters - Family Promise

Lens-z Waters: Moving Forward

A victim of domestic violence, Lens-z and her three children were homeless.  Today, she has a career, a home for her children, and much more – confidence and community.

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Charles Williams - Royce Learning

Charles Williams: Reaching Higher

Charles kept the fact that he couldn’t read a secret.  Today,  he is a dedicated learner and a mentor to other young adults.

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Karen-Dove-Barr

Karen Dove Barr: Tried and True

Courtroom or campaign, Attorney Karen Dove Barr always strives to achieve positive outcomes.

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