I spent years after college determined to define myself through my career. I was on the fast track of a new, growing company and I was sure my future was destined for great success. Only a few years later, that company went “belly-up” and I found myself applying for unemployment in the midst of the economic crisis. That was a life-changing event for me. All I had worked so hard for, all the blood, sweat, tears, time and personal sacrifices I made…and here I was back at square one.
I tell you this not for sympathy but rather to exemplify that things like this can happen to people, everywhere, all the time and through no fault of their own. Recently, I had a young woman stop in to use the job center services provided in our office. (Last January, the Marshfield Job Center moved into our office to avoid closing and to keep our residents from having to travel to Wisconsin Rapids for services.) I chatted with her briefly and she began to cry. Her position was eliminated with her employer in town and she was not sure where to turn for help. My heart broke for her. I could relate to what she was going through.
Thankfully, in my situation, my family was able to help me financially through that difficult time. Not everyone, though, is as fortunate as I was in that situation. Life-altering events happen every single day to our friends, family members and neighbors. And unfortunately, most times people are left wondering how they’re going to pick up the pieces and move on. People are faced with difficult questions like: How am I going to keep food on the table for my family? How am I going to pay my rent? My utility bill? How and where do I start searching for employment opportunities?
Your annual donation to Marshfield Area United Way supports programs and services that help people in crisis meet their basic needs. Additionally, other United Way programs and services are helping area youth achieve their full potential, and are also working to keep our most vulnerable of populations living independently in their home. Together, we are making a difference in creating long-lasting change in our community. Please contribute to the 2013 Marshfield Area United Way campaign. Visit marshfieldareaunitedway.org or call 715-384-9992 to make your donation today.