Leadership and Teamwork Pays Off in Helping Those in Need
Temekia Butler is no stranger to giving back. As an Army family, the Butlers instilled in her the importance of helping others who needed a leg up. “You never knew who your neighbors would be and what their needs were,” said Temekia. “We were raised just to be there to help others in need and be the best person we could be.”
Fast forward to today: Temekia lives that lesson every year at work as Johns Hopkins HealthCare’s Campaign Coordinator for United Way of Central Maryland. And after 16 years in the position, Temekia knows how to get it done.
Each year, Johns Hopkins HealthCare exceeds its fundraising and employee participation goals – last year, along with Johns Hopkins Medicine, they more than doubled their combined goal – and not by accident. Temekia credits their success to two major positive forces at work: leadership support and teamwork.
By Stephanie Halcott, Information & Referral Specialist at 2-1-1 Maryland at United Way of Central Maryland
Every day, I receive dozens of calls from people looking for help with no place to turn. Thomas, a recent caller, had almost given up hope. I’m glad he didn’t.
Today, Thomas is excited to be starting his new job. His family recently visited him in his home to celebrate — the same home that he almost lost over the summer. Thomas, a veteran, couldn’t believe that he was facing the possibility of becoming homeless just a few short months ago. At the time, paying his back rent and past due energy bills seemed impossible without a job or any financial assistance.
Luckily, Thomas had heard of 2-1-1 Maryland at United Way of Central Maryland, a 24/7 health and human services referral hotline. I took his call when he dialed for help.
Baltimore Sun Commentary by Mark Furst - August 11, 2014
Nearly everyone agrees that education is the pathway out of poverty and that a stable family life is crucial to nurturing young children. Yet here in central Maryland, homelessness and family instability present barriers to academic success for too many kids.
Teachers, principals and school superintendents tell us that adverse student mobility — children being forced to change schools repeatedly through life circumstances, including homelessness — is among their most vexing problems in seeing children succeed in school. The best way to deal with homelessness, especially when young children are involved, is to prevent it.
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