As an employee of Jamestown Public Schools, I have always donated to the United Way. It was easy through payroll deduction, and I knew the money stayed in the local area. It wasn’t until 2003 that I realized just how impactful the organization really was in my life. In January of 2003, my first husband died suddenly. A parent of one of the students in my class recommended that I call Hospice for support. Within 24 hours, a grief counselor came to my home. She worked with me individually and with my sons who were 4 and 7 at the time. I attended grief support for spouses, and my children attended summer day camp for children who had lost a parent. All of this was at no expense to us. At that time, the United Way was a funder of Hospice.