Community Volunteer Spotlight with Katie Graham
Katie joined us as a member of the United Way of MPM Board of Directors in 2017. She is an active volunteer who dedicates her time to helping our agency make decisions that help fight for health, education, and financial stability for individuals in the local communities we serve. Katie shares her thoughts below on why making an active contribution as a volunteer in the local community is so important.
Q: Why is volunteering in the local community important to you?
Katie: Volunteering in my community is important to me because I’ve seen the need in our community, and it’s important to me to help those who need it the most.
Q: Why should others get involved?
Katie: I feel that everyone should volunteer in their community. When a person volunteers, they gain skills they may not have had before and build relationships and connections in their community. Lastly, but certainly not least, a person who volunteers gains perspective and compassion for others, all while benefitting those in need right here in our community. Our community is only as good as we make it!
Q: What was most surprising to you about what United Way of MPM does?
Katie: I knew very little about the United Way before becoming a Board member. I knew they helped our community but I wasn’t sure in what capacity. The thing that was most surprising to me was the depth of involvement that United Way has in our community. They are the beating pulse of volunteerism and giving back in our communities. The United Way acts as an umbrella agency that provides funding to programs and services in our local communities. The Carr Center, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Allwell Behavioral Health, 211 program and the Salvation Army are just a few of the programs and services that the United Way funds.
Thank you Katie for your leadership and work as an outstanding community volunteer!