My United Way Story: Claire Bray
It is important for me to support United Way because I want to live in a community where every individual has the opportunity to thrive and has access to the tools and resources needed to live a meaningful life. I want to be an example to my daughters to show how important it is to give back, and while we are very fortunate, so many are not and there is much work to be done.
I am lucky to have great examples in my life of those who have served our community through several generations here in Greenville. My mom, in particular, has really engrained the importance of supporting our community and those who may not be afforded the luxuries that we take for granted, and she really influenced my participation in United Way as a young adult. While our city has grown so much over time and become THE place to live, there are so many people who need our help to make sure we all have access to quality education to set the next generation up for success, resources for those to be able to support their families, and have thriving communities—no matter your background or circumstances.
I love Greenville and have deep roots in this area. I believe that United Way is the best avenue to be able to contribute to our community and spread resources to those who need them the most.
Now that my girls are getting older, they can participate in some United Way activities with me and my husband. Last year, they participated in their first Hands On Greenville Day at A Child’s Haven and got to see firsthand the impact we are making through a local partner. They were also able to come and pack hygiene kicks with some members of the Young Leaders Society. By having these experiences, it allows me to share with them WHY we are doing what we are doing and the importance of giving back.
My hope is that we continue to move the needle in the right direction in helping those in our community. As Greenville grows, I want my girls to continue giving back and teach their children the same so that each generation that follows knows the importance of working together to create a stronger community. There is no reason with our growing economy and development that we should be one of the hardest places for those who are struggling and living in poverty to better their circumstances. We have got to do better as a community. One small gift from many can make such a difference. In the next 100 years, I would love for us to look back and see how we were able to flip the script on the stats and be a vibrant, equitable community for all.
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