United Way's Focus on Health

Meet Brandon!

Brandon is a participant of United Way Community Partner, CrossPlains Community Partner. Brandon has been an employee at Schlotzsky’s for five years as a food runner. When COVID-19 hit our community, changes ensued and the dining room was closed and Brandon was not able to deliver food. As an adult with disabilities, Brandon faced difficulty with the change but voiced a willingness to try new tasks. He stepped out of his comfort zone and learned new skills in the kitchen.

 

Through the support of his employer, Job Coach, and United Way working together, Brandon began doing tasks he did not think were possible for himself. Brandon found increasing value in his job by taking on new opportunities to contribute to his workplace and community.

 

Brandon chose progress when faced with a challenge! United Way provides young adults, like Brandon, with internship opportunities so they can gain employment and independence.

 

 

 Health Strategic Guideline: 

Support prevention services so youth and adults are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.

Thanks to your gift to United Way last year:

 10 young adults with developmental disabilities participated in internships.

1,054 youth were provided with character education designed to avoid risky behaviors.

 

Your gift will:

Supply children with hearing, vision, and dental screenings

Help individuals receive residential treatment for drug and alcohol addiction 

Give children born with birth defects access to lifesaving medical care

Provide care for elderly and disabled individuals