Stories

Iva, Team Mission United Runner for veterans
Friday, October 9, 2020
Iva 4 Half-Marathons Completed, 1st New York City Marathon  People's United Bank  Iva is grateful to be on United Way of Long Island’s Team Mission United, raising funds for veterans and those affected by COVID-19 in her community.  In 2020, the New York City Marathon was cancelled due to the pandemic. Despite this, Iva remained committed to fundraising for her community during their time of need…
Jen, Team Mission United Runner for veterans
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Jen 2nd New York City Marathon Teacher, Kings Park Central School District Jen is grateful to be on United Way of Long Island’s Team Mission United, raising funds for veterans and those affected by COVID-19 in her community.  In 2020, the New York City Marathon was cancelled due to the pandemic. Despite this, Jen remained committed to fundraising for her community during their time of need; she…
Monday, November 18, 2019
Denise Project Warmth Recipient Denise is a strong-willed, full-time working mom of three children... all live at home and all depend on her, which presents its own challenges. But six years ago tragedy struck when Denise’s house was significantly damaged in a fire, which left her and her family in a dire situation. She is still struggling to rebuild her life after this tragedy. More recently,…
Friday, October 18, 2019
La’Kasha Patricia Michels Memorial Scholarship RecipientYouthBuild Graduate La’Kasha is a career-focused, compassionate, patient and adaptable young woman. She entered YouthBuild Long Island to improve her education qualifications and career training. Currently, she has secured her TASC high school equivalency diploma and plans on attending college for a nursing degree.    The road has not been…
Friday, October 18, 2019
Tahjaray Patricia Michels Memorial Scholarship RecipientYouthBuild Graduate   Tahjaray is no stranger to challenges or adversities. She has faced several in her lifetime but always came out stronger than she was before. She moved from Virginia to New York to provide a better life for herself and her son.    The search for an improved quality of life led her to YouthBuild Long Island. Her goal was…
Friday, October 18, 2019
Christopher & Eric Anthony J. Stupore DREAMS Scholarship Recipients Eric and Christopher are twin brothers who graduated from Seaford High School. Both have overcome adversity in their lives. Their father, absent for most of the time due to addiction and incarceration, left the family when the boys were young. Their mother struggled to raise and support three children and a grandparent on…
Monday, October 7, 2019
Marie  DREAMS For Youth Scholarship Recipient Marie is a strong-willed and accomplished young woman. As a United Way of Long Island DREAMS for Youth Scholarship recipient, Marie is ensuring that she puts her education to its maximum use. Not even a year has passed since graduating college and she has already begun a thriving career as an artist, administrator and educator.   Since graduation,…
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Richard & Sonya VetsBuild graduatesOccupation: Entrepreneurs Richard and his wife Sonya are ready to start the next chapter of their lives together.   Richard served 33 years as an Air Force Reservist in a variety of capacities, including a radiology specialist. Sonya is a military wife and mother. Now, the couple is preparing to start their own business in real estate.    The couple’s…
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Josh YouthBuild AlumniCollege GraduateB.S. in Business Management Josh knows not to take anything he has in life for granted. He grew up in the foster care system with his twin and older brothers, and was eventually adopted into an already large family. He remembers with a smile, “The house was almost never quiet, with a lot of people always going in and out.”    While he did not know his father…
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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…