Volunteers of America celebrates vibrant partnership with United Way of Greater Cincinnati
After Samantha first moved into Volunteers of America’s Northern Kentucky Developmental Disabilities Supported Community Living Residential Services program, she spent most of her time in her room playing video games and snacking on high-calorie, salty foods. Volunteers of America’s staff recognized that 22-year-old Samantha’s social and emotional well-being was at stake. Together, Samantha and our staff identified activities that Samantha would enjoy, and her life transformed.
With the critical support of Volunteers of America’s valued partner, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, our staff provided more structure in Samantha’s daily routine and she began volunteering daily at a local animal shelter. She took the dogs on walks, played with the kittens, and fed the animals. Samantha also found a passion for cooking and staying active. She began preparing a meal for everyone in her home and took Tae Kwon Do classes. As a result of these changes, Samantha is a thriving, healthy young adult with an active social life.
Through the financial support from UWGC’s “Bold Goal” of health, Volunteers of America annually serves 40 individuals with a range of needs and ages in our Northern Kentucky developmental disabilities services. UWGC supports organizations like Volunteers of America through their annual fundraising campaign. Volunteers of America is pleased to take part in this year’s campaign, which marks United Way’s 100th anniversary. Volunteers of America will help kick off festivities on July 21st by hosting a pancake breakfast for fellow colleagues as well as participating in multiple UWGC presentations throughout the greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky region.
“Our valued partnership with United Way affords us the opportunity to help our participants learn vital life skills and to live as independently as possible,” Volunteers of America’s Administrative Director Tim Delaney said.