The 2013 United Way of the Midlands Campaign is underway with the ambitious goal of raising 24-million dollars. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the lives of people who live in the Omaha metro area.
Makayla Bell is a perfect example of how United Way support can have a positive impact on an individual basis.
Makayla is now a freshman at UNO and scholarships from Girls Inc help pay for her schooling.
She joined Girls Inc at age seven and continued with the program through high school.
In an interview with Channel 6 News, Makayla said, "as far as Girls Inc encouraging me to go to college and do anything I can to succeed, with my mom behind me encouraging me, I've always, always thought about going to college."
Makala's grade point average at Northwest High was 4.5. She spoke of the impact of Girls Inc on her life in glowing terms. "I would definitely give it ten , ten plus plus, off the scale!"
What Makayla learned recently is that United Way of the Midlands is a major contributor to Girls Inc.
"I had no idea of the direct impact. I know a lot of people give to Girls inc and do all they can but I didn't not know specifically United Way's part in that and I really appreciate that."
So much so, Makayla's mindset is to serve other people in much the same way that others have helped her.
"I love, love learning about people, I like doing all I can for people and then I'm going in pre-pharmacy to help in our community and across the world and in other countries."
Makayla's success exemplifies the United Way approach according to the organization's Communications Director Kathy O'Hara. "When our neighbors are successful, our entire community benefits -- that's what our theme 'Community Strong' is all about."
Including Girls Inc, United Way supports a total of 134 organizations and programs that serve the metro area.
WOWT Channel 6 is a proud sponsor of the 2013 United Way of the Midlands campaign which concludes in November.
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