The United Way of Siouxland is celebrating a huge milestone in 2021, 100 years of service in Siouxland and over $132 million donated.
With volunteers, friends and organizations at hand, United Way of Siouxland unveiled its 100-year campaign, Get On The Bus, with help from a few special guests, including Hawarden native and Iowa Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg.
"On Behalf of Gov. Reynolds and the grateful citizens of Iowa, I just want to say thank you for the amazing work that they do to help Siouxlanders in need," Gregg said following the event.
One Siouxlander whose story was shared at the 100-year celebration is David Romo, who has seen firsthand how United Way can change lives.
"United Way has impacted me in many great ways," Romo said. "I was a little brother from Big Brothers Big Sisters when I was a kid. It was a life goal to become a big brother so I could pay it forward."
Because of United Way, Romo had a "big brother" and male role model in his life. Today, he is not only a big brother to a little himself but giving back to the organization that helps make Big Brothers Big Sisters possible.
"It's a very rewarding experience and a very unique one," Romo said. "I hope that little kids that are in that program today can take this opportunity to realize how much of an impact they could potentially have on somebody else's life."
For United Way and its countless volunteers, success stories like this are why they continue giving back to Siouxland.
"What I see for our next 100 years is really more engagement than ever," said United Way President Heather Hennings. "People want to see their gift in action. We are encouraging people to go out and see that gift in action. That's why we are asking people to "Get On The Bus." Get on the bus, go do something and see how you can make a difference"
"If there are people being helped, the United Way is probably involved in one form or another," Lt. Gov. Gregg said. "The United Way is always there to step up and help."
If you'd like to learn more about the United Way of Siouxland, the Get On The Bus campaign, or how you can get involved, visit their website: unitedwaysiouxland.com
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