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United Way Board Spotlight: Kayla Schubert

As of March 2017, Kayla Schubert became a board member of the United Way of 1000 Lakes. Kayla moved to the Grand Rapids area in August of 2016 after accepting the Promise Fellow position at Greenway High School, which works in conjunction to the United Way. She enjoys marathon training, art creation and advocacy, and traveling across the country to learn about history.

What inspired you to be involved with United Way?
When I moved to Grand Rapids, my first official experience with United Way was volunteering at the Lumberjack Pancake Breakfast. I saw the passion and dedication for community advocacy and engagement that the staff and board of United Way had for our local community; it was a great introduction to the community spirit of Grand Rapids.

What is the most rewarding thing you have taken from this experience?
The most rewarding aspect of working with United Way, first as a Promise Fellow and now as a Board Member, is cultivating relationships with the youth and families that make up our community. I believe that mentoring and community involvement are important for youth to have stake in their community for the future, and I have enjoyed supporting them.

What is one word you would use to sum up United Way’s work?

Dynamic

What impresses you most about Itasca?
After moving to Itasca County I have been most impressed by the arts and culture organizations, events, and participation that the citizens of the area show for enhancing the quality of life in rural Minnesota.

What is one thing about United Way that you think most people don’t know?
One things that I think most people should be aware of about United Way of 1000 Lakes is how passionate the staff, volunteers, and board members are about their role in the organization. Without these individuals, many of the organizations our community relies on for services would be limited, or unavailable!

What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in United Way?
Giving to United Way of 1000 Lakes giving back to your community in countless ways. Between the individuals that volunteer to the organizations that are supported by United Way, your investment in your community will have an impact on many people’s lives.