Hank, an army veteran who proudly served for eight years, recently started a new job at the local Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center in Baltimore, where he’s been able to save enough of his income to pay off debt and move into his own apartment nearby.
It wasn’t long ago that something so many of us take for granted -- a steady job and safe place to live -- seemed out of reach for Hank, though. After his military service ended, he returned home to Anne Arundel County, but was experiencing severe mental health issues that led to substance abuse and eventually, what was once unimaginable for Hank happened: he became homeless. Fortunately, he heard about a program funded by United Way of Central Maryland that provides services for homeless veterans, and received mental health counseling, substance abuse support, temporary housing and help finding a job.
Now that Hank is back on his feet, he continues to visit the program to support other veterans in need.
By Brian Gerardo, Baltimore Corps Fellow at United Way of Central Maryland
To change the odds, we must know the odds – and United Way does. When I began my Baltimore Corps Fellowship at United Way of Central Maryland in late October, the call volume experienced by our 2-1-1 call center was intimidating. From keeping the lights on to finding baby formula, each of the 96,000 plus calls is an individual or family searching for a helping hand. How could I, in my role as a strategist, elevate 2-1-1 to better serve people in need across the entire central Maryland region?
Constellation Delivers Results Through Leadership and...Ice Cream!
Constellation knows a lot about leadership. And they certainly know how to inspire their people to step up and step out to help others in need.
Corporate relations manager and United Way of Central Maryland campaign coordinator Rachel Duncan believes Constellation’s success in exceeding their campaign goals this year was predicated largely on leadership, a healthy spirit of competition and…ice cream.
Believing in the motivating power of competition, Rachel’s campaign team designed and implemented the first-ever “Constellation Community Challenge,” which inspired each of ten business units to compete to earn $2,500 and $5,000 in donations to charities of their choice by logging the most volunteer hours and having the highest participation rates in the United Way campaign. The hunch that this might serve to increase engagement from their employees proved to be quite right.
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