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Thursday, February 14, 2019
Kristyne is an ambitious young woman who aspires to her future career as a neuropsychologist. As a United Way of Long Island DREAMS for Youth Scholarship recipient, she is working toward making her dream a reality.   Kristyne is an old soul, wise beyond her years. Although going through an extreme hardship in her life, she has continued to persist and work hard through her studies and volunteerism. As a survivor of abuse at the hands of a close... Read more
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
When Blair found YouthBuild Long Island, he was struggling to find a place for himself. At the age of 25, he had been volunteering with local organizations, trying to give back to his hometown of Uniondale, but wanted to do more. “I didn’t really know where I wanted to go in life,” he remembers. “Everything I was doing wasn’t totally fulfilling, I wanted to reach out and help people… that was my passion.”   When his father told him about... Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Meshessna of Freeport is a single mother of two daughters, doing the best she can to retain a sense of normalcy after her divorce two years ago. “I want my kids to be able to stay in their same school, still be close to their friends, live as close to the same life they were living before the divorce,” she explained. But maintaining this life proved difficult, as now she was managing her household with only a single salary. “While I was married... Read more
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
In 2009 when Shayne was only 18, his father passed away from cancer. In the midst of his mourning the loss of his dad, he found himself watching a documentary about three men who ran across the Sahara Desert and feeling a sudden sense of self. It was that moment that Shayne decided he was meant to be part of the running world, even though he had never run a race in his life. “I just knew that I wanted to train for an ultra-marathon after... Read more
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
2nd, New York City MarathonInsurance Agent Rockville Centre resident Michele, who participated in Team Mission United in 2018, raised over $10,000 despite struggling with an ankle injury. She joins Team Mission United for 2019 because she knows the importance of this cause, and how vital it is to spread the word about and support those who protect our country. “I have such an appreciation for those who serve,” said Michele. “I want to raise... Read more
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
For Sean, choosing to be part of United Way of Long Island’s Team Mission United was one of the easiest decisions he’s made in his life. Not only is he involved with United Way of Long Island by helping to lead the employee giving campaign for his employer, Enterprise Rent A Car, he also already runs a number of races that benefit veterans. Best of all, he has the perfect person to cheer him on – his fiancé Kathy who was part of Team Mission... Read more
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
For Lora to find inspiration, she doesn’t have to look far. Her daily motivator is her 10-year-old daughter Ava who has developmental special needs. “My daughter inspires me, because I see how many challenges she faces every day. Her learning disability affects every aspect of her life. Things that come naturally to other kids, she has to be taught how to do. But, she wakes up and goes to sleep every day with a smile on her face. Her attitude... Read more
Friday, July 27, 2018
Regina is a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor who has lost two husbands and two sons. Her third son Arnold, a grown man with several minor disabilities, lives with her and they take care of each other.   Regina and Arnold frequently attend holiday celebrations and movie nights at the Barry and Florence Friedberg Jewish Community Center. The Services to Adults and Senior Adults program, supported by United Way’s Long Island Impact Fund, allows... Read more
Friday, July 27, 2018
Michael was diagnosed to be on the Autism Spectrum as a young child. At an early age, Michael was enrolled by his family into Developmental Disabilities Institute’s Starting Early Program, an initiative supported by United Way’s Long Island Impact Fund. Upon completion of the program, he successfully graduated into the mainstream educational program of his local school district. As a high school senior, Michael competed in the Para-Olympic Games... Read more
Friday, July 27, 2018
John of Mastic Beach was unsure if he would have a home for the holidays this year. After Super Storm Sandy left his house uninhabitable, he did not know where to turn for help. After learning of John’s situation, United Way of Long Island took action to help, providing him with a trailer to live in while construction was completed on his home. John is able to stay on his own property, giving him a sense of comfort until his new house is built... Read more