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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.

Diane Schwarz

Diane loves books and she loves passing on her passion for reading. In 2013, when she attended the Voices Reading Summit and learned that only one in 300 children in low-income households have books, she was stunned.

“We could not fathom that – 1 book for 300 kids!? – after all, our kids had access to books and we read to them every day for 20 minutes, so why wouldn’t all kids have that? Well, that bubble burst then and there,” Diane said.

Donna Johnson

Each year, children all across the Treasure Valley attend school with tooth aches. Many can’t focus on learning in the classroom because their mouths hurt as their families do not have access to dental care.

Donna wants to change that. As a part of Miles of Smiles, a mobile dental truck that visits local schools to provide free oral care for children and remove the barrier of transportation and cost, Donna and United Way are making a difference.

Theresa Browne

Theresa wants to end domestic violence. She wants to help the children and women—and men—flee from abuse and find shelter in safe, secure homes.

Theresa’s passion for helping people led her to get involved with United Way of Treasure Valley. United Way works with nonprofit organizations that provide care and support for victims of domestic violence, like the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.

Mirella Garcia

Mirella is a social worker in the Nampa School District, which has the highest number of homeless students in the state of Idaho at more than 1,500. She sees firsthand the needs of these students.

About a year ago, United Way of Treasure Valley began supplying ‘Hygiene Kits’ to the Nampa School District. The kits include basic hygiene items, like soap, shampoo, tooth paste, deodorant and feminine hygiene products. Many of Nampa’s homeless students do not have these items, preventing them from feeling clean and comfortable at school.

Rebecca Lemmons

Rebecca has dedicated her career to helping children and families in Idaho. As key staff member of United Way, she wants to make the ‘healthy choice’ the ‘easy choice’ for local families. As a mother of two small children, she knows how important healthy choices are for her kids.

“Over the past 10 years my goal has been to create opportunities for people to eat better, move more, get educated and make good financial decisions,” said Rebecca, who serves as United Way’s Director of Community Impact.

Diana Lachiondo

Diana’s roots in the Boise area run deep. She loves our community, and, when a serious problem arises that affects children, individuals and families, she wants to address it. That’s why she became a Board of Directors member for United Way of Treasure Valley.

“United Way is the catalyst for systemic and meaningful change in our community. When there is a tough, seemingly intractable problem, United Way is first to dive in and tackle it,” Diana said.

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