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Laura Schultz

Laura embraces the notion that we really are stronger when we work together.

“United Way brings organizations together to work for the greater good,” Laura said. “We are greater together than we are separately.”

As a part of Easter-Seals Goodwill, Laura has been involved with United Way for nearly a decade. She loves how United Way leads collaborative efforts to solve some of the Treasure Valley’s toughest challenges, like homelessness and drug abuse.

Scott Curtis

As a former teacher and current YMCA employee, Scott understands the possibilities of United Way’s partnerships. Scott first became involved with United Way as a math teacher in 1997. That involvement grew in 2005 when he joined the Treasure Valley YMCA, a key partner of United Way.

Lindsey Pontious-Brist

Lindsey cares about the community, and wants to make a difference. So she got involved with United Way. Now part of the United Way NEXT Emerging Leaders executive team, Lindsey is a passionate United Way advocate.

“I love that United Way acts as a nonprofit umbrella,” she says. “They research what the needs are in the community, and then help is extended to not only one, but multiple organizations.”

Corey Surber

As the director of state advocacy for Trinity Health and Saint Alphonsus Health System, Corey is dedicated to improving the lives of Idahoans. This has led to a natural partnership with United Way of Treasure Valley.

Ericka Rupp

In the third grade, Ericka made a cooking apron in 4H. The apron was eventually stowed away, collecting dust for years, before it came back to Ericka’s life in a meaningful way during her senior year in college.

Denny Trumble

Denny says he’s been extremely fortunate in life – a great career, loving family, good health.  Each day, on his way to work, he would drive past a local homeless shelter, observing mostly men, many his own age, milling around waiting for breakfast. Questions began to haunt Denny.

“Why are those people there, standing in line, and I am here, having such a good life?  Why am I so fortunate?”

Brad Beckwith

As the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Nampa, Brad sees firsthand how donations to United Way’s Community Fund go to work.

“The United Way Community Fund allows the Boys & Girls Club of Nampa to provide after-school homework help to more than 400 youth each year,” Brad said. “The youth that participate in our ‘Power Hour’ are more likely to graduate on time and go on to college than their peers.”

Connie Hinderliter

Connie manages donor services at United Way of Treasure Valley. She’s been a part of United Way for nearly 20 years, working at a local United Way in Kansas before moving to Idaho.

She’s been donating to the United Way Community Fund for 31 years.

Russ Duke

Russ is the director of Central District Health Department, which serves a population of about 475,000 people.

“Our mission is partnering to promote, protect and preserve health in our communities,” Russ said. This led to a natural partnership with United Way of Treasure Valley.

Jet Hood

Jet is a re-payer. As a teenage mom in the 1970s, Jet was able to access community services she needed to continue her education.

“I had access to the right help at the right time,” said Jet, who is now the chair of Women United, a volunteer group of women through United Way of Treasure Valley.

As a young mom with little means, child care support made earning a bachelor’s degree possible through night classes. And, behavioral and mental health support meant a mother and daughter could thrive, together.

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