Twenty-nine-year-old Chris Conley wants his children to have a better life than he's had. Chris dropped out of high school on the first day of his senior year. He married young then divorced. Today, he's a single parent to Briley and Brickley.
I believe that we all have a moral obligation to give back with grace and without judgment. This is why it feels better to give than receive. In the words of Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
It is a harsh reality in Delaware County: nearly half the households live in poverty or are one crisis away from it. It’s often a vicious generational cycle. Working families face obstacles in reaching health, education, and financial stability. Some who hold full-time or even multiple jobs still fall short of meeting their basic needs.
I firmly believe that children should not have to worry about what their next meal will be. That should be a given. What they wear, where they sleep, and how their parents care for them should never be their concern.
Casey Stanley, a lifelong Muncie resident, was named the 2017 campaign chair for United Way of Delaware County, the first time in the organization's 92-year history to appoint a third-generation chair.
This wasn't supposed to be how life would go. Meredith Demaree expected to marry her sailor beau, have the typical family unit, and live happily ever.But life happened, as it does for so many, and she found herself back in her hometown, a single mom, looking for a job that would support her and her two young children.
Chris Caldwell has devoted hundreds of hours, his name, and his hard work to the mission of United Way of Delaware County, currently serving as board chair, and helping this year’s campaign by leading the pacesetter campaign strategy.