I started working for United Way in September of this year, but I’ve known that I wanted to work for a nonprofit for over 6 years. Why? Because when I was in college, a nonprofit literally changed my life.
In the summer of 2007, in between my freshman and sophomore years of college, I was raped. My story isn’t an unusual one. I was raped by a friend, someone I trusted. And it broke me completely…until my mom connected me to the Northwest Arkansas Rape Crisis Center.
Through the Center’s group counseling program, I was able to not only work through the grief and pain of my rape, but I also worked up the courage to share my story with other college-aged women in Northwest Arkansas. This courage would have taken so much longer to find without the NWA Rape Crisis Center. Without the Center, I don’t know where I’d be today or who I’d be today. The NWA Rape Crisis Center changed my life.
United Way NWA funds the NWA Rape Crisis Center’s Survive to Thrive Services, which includes an individual advocate program, one-on-one counseling services, and support group services. When I found this out, I knew that working here was exactly where I needed to be – the service that I received through the Rape Crisis Center as a client was their support group services, which is part of Survive to Thrive. United Way NWA funds a program that changed my life 6 years ago. How incredible is that?
This is why I work at United Way NWA. The money that people donate to us is used to help agencies in NWA do meaningful, impactful work that makes a difference in people’s lives. Who knows, we may fund a program that helped you at one point or another in your life.
United Way NWA really does have an impact. In fact, United Way NWA’s work touched the lives of over 100,000 NWA residents in 2013. 100,000 people were impacted. And this is only possible through the support of every day heroes in Northwest Arkansas who want to make a difference by donating, advocating, and volunteering. So thank you, Northwest Arkansas, for continuing to Live United.