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United Way Board Spotlight: Christina Monson

I grew up in a small town in the northeast corner of Iowa with wonderful parents who instilled in me a great sense of determination and a top-notch work ethic. Both employed in the education system, I grew up watching their community involvement and was always inspired by their drive to help others. My husband, daughter, and I moved to Grand Rapids in May of 2015 and I’ve found myself back in a small town with a big heart. For fun we like to hike, do art projects, take photographs, and explore the area. As the editor of Lake Time Magazine, I’m fortunate to get to know this community and the surrounding northern Minnesota area on a new level and I wouldn’t trade it for the world! 

What inspired you to be involved with United Way?
I grew up in a small town and had a great sense of community growing up but having lived in a metropolitan city for 15 years, it was hard to feel that connection. For the first time in my adult life, I now feel that I am in a community where I can be involved in helping others without being lost in the mix. It gives me satisfaction that I can be a part of an organization like the United Way and really make a difference. 

What is the most rewarding thing you have taken from this experience?
The fact that a little bit goes a long way. People need not be intimidated by donating “only” what they can afford because the age-old adage “a little goes a long way” rings so true with this organization. Your contribution, no matter the size, truly makes a significant difference and goes right back into your community.

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

What impresses you most about Itasca?
The excitement that people have about living here and supporting their community wholeheartedly.

What is one thing about United Way that you think most people don’t know?
There are so many easy ways to be involved! Donate your time: pick one event a year and participate. Donate a few dollars here or there: it does matter! Spread the message to your friends and family: tell others about how this organization can help the community. 

What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in United Way?
Don’t think… just do. Take advantage of the opportunity to donate to a great cause and take pride in the fact that you’ve helped the local community in ways you may not have been able to otherwise.