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Meet Mercedes!

For over 5 years, Mercedes’ mom, Sandra, worked 12 hours shifts, 5 days a week. She recently started going back to school full-time. This left little time and money to take Mercedes and her sibling to activities. Thanks to United Way, Mercedes was able to join a Girl Scout Outreach Troop at her school. Her Troop meets right after school so transportation is never an issue.

“Mercedes is the only girl in our family” Sandra said. “I knew she could be a good friend to other girls and learn different skills as a Girl Scout.”

Mercedes loves to be outdoors. She was always asking her mom if she could go camping or be outside. When Mercedes learned that she could go to camp with Girl Scouts, it was a dream come true! “My favorite activity was canoeing and making new friends! Everything was so much fun.”

Through camp, girls develop a stronger sense of self by overcoming fears, successfully leading activities and mastering tasks they thought they might not be able to accomplish like horseback riding, canoeing, and archery. Mercedes’ troop also teaches girls science, leadership skills, and finances. Every girl deserves the opportunity to learn and grow through mentor programs like Girl Scouts. With United Way, youth are able to participate in Scouting programs no matter their finances.

A United Way gift of $5 per week will send a low-income girl to summer camp.

Thanks to your gift to United Way last year:
• 566 young adults received career education, leadership development, outdoor education, and
workforce development.
• 30 youth were able to have a day camp or overnight camp experience.

Education Strategic Guideline: Get kids ready for kindergarten, reading at grade level by 3rd grade, and graduating on time with skills to be career and life-ready.

Your gift to United Way will:

  • Enhance school readiness and strengthen family dynamics.

  • Provide mentoring, safe places to play, tutoring, and leadership development.

  • Keep youth on track for school, work, and life.

  • Prevent child abuse.