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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 5:00 AM

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I have been blessed throughout my life: a caring family, stable home, good health and the chance to achieve my dreams through education. I know that many others in our community and across the country and world don’t have these same opportunities. As a student, I knew that I wanted to make a difference to help create those opportunities for others.  This is why I live united and why I am so excited to be part of launching a Student United Way organization at the University of Iowa.

Student United Way will provide UI students with an opportunity to develop leadership skills and become engaged in addressing the most important issues: education, income, and health. Each is a building block, so interconnected that a strong focus and effort in improving them within a community address myriad social and economic issues. United Way partners with nonprofits, corporations, and local, county, and state government on a comprehensive approach, because affecting community change requires collaboration from all sectors.

I also know all of the great resources the United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties can give to students, including volunteering, leadership training, knowledge of non-profit management, fundraising, advocacy and — most importantly — the chance to implement long-term change locally that will prepare you for doing the same wherever your careers might take you.

Alex Stanton
administrative & advocacy coordinator
United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties


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