Category Archives: Personal Stories

From the Archive: Volunteer Spotlight | James Lunsford knows United Way and says “making it comfortable’ helps A&B Distributing raise funds to improve our community

James Lunsford knows that it’s important for our community that his company, A&B Distributing, runs a United Way campaign to support efforts to improve education, financial stability and health. Lunsford, President of A&B Distributing, has seen the United Way system up-close … Continue reading

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From the Archive: Volunteer Spotlight | Betty Jo Dulaney, United Way volunteer in Tunica County, MS

Betty Jo Dulaney is no stranger to helping someone in need. Her 20 years of volunteer service continues to make a difference in improving education for individuals and families every day in Tunica County. Dulaney has helped people learn to … Continue reading

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Stories: Helping Gloria get the medical care she needs helps her from becoming a person facing homelessness

Note: This story comes from Alexandra Wardlaw with Fayette Cares. Names and images have been changed to protect privacy. Gloria’s struggle with Lupus was taking a hard toll on her health, making it hard for her to hold onto a … Continue reading

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Stories: A veteran fighting alcohol and drug addiction finds his way back “home” to family and sobriety

Note: This story comes from Cordell Walker, executive director of Alpha Omega Veteran’s Services, one of United Way’s network agency partners working to strengthen families and neighborhoods through improving education, income and health. Names and images have been changed to … Continue reading

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Stories: Mentoring reaches a young grade school student during a time of crisis and helps him make the right choices in life

Note: This story comes from Elaine Dalfen with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Memphis, part of United Way’s network of agencies and programs working to help children succeed and focusing on improving education. Names and images have been changed to … Continue reading

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Stories: Suffering from deep depression and family issues, Joanna struggled to care for her three-month-old child

Note: This story comes from Janet Whaley, Executive Director of Comprehensive Counseling Network. Names and images are changed to protect privacy. Joanna was suffering from constant sadness and could barely keep up with all the demands of caring for her … Continue reading

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From the Archive: Volunteer Spotlight | Delores Williams, Free Tax Prep volunteer site coordinator – “giving back is its own reward”

Delores Williams believes that giving back to our community is a reward in itself. Williams just completed her third year as a member of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) team, working with the Earned Income Tax Credit Alliance (EITCA) … Continue reading

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Stories: At 19 years old, William only read at a first grade level until your gifts made a difference

(Note: This story comes courtesy of Kelly Thieme with the Collierville Literacy Council. Names and images have been changed to protect privacy.) William needed to pass an entrance exam to join the military but he had a few things holding … Continue reading

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Stories: Facing tremendous odds, a mother and her son find a greater quality of life thanks to agency services and counseling

Rhonda hopes her son will not have to face the discrimination that she has faced since she became HIV positive. One important fact that may keep him from having to face that is, he does not have the disease. “He’s … Continue reading

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Stories: Young Brad received at-home therapy for limited vocabulary and speech delays

(Note: This story is courtesy of Sheila Climer, Sr. Intake Service Coordinator at Le Bonheur Early Intervention and Development. Names and images are changed to protect privacy.) Brad was a healthy child, but his struggle with early speech caused his … Continue reading

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