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 family and I moved to Itasca County in 2015 and have never looked back. What appeals to us here is good natured people, a growing entrepreneur base, and compassionate people who are dedicated to making their community better.
What inspired you to be involved with United Way?
I wanted to make a difference in my community and I knew that United Way was a great way to make a big impact.
What is the most rewarding thing you have taken from this experience?
Sometimes it takes opening your eyes and ears to really know and begin to understand what is happening in your own community. Being involved in United Way has done that and allowed me to better my impact. By visiting the food shelters, seeing homelessness and addiction and recovery, understanding the needs in our children’s education, realizing that our elderly struggle to maintain their homes, and so much more, I have come to a higher level of understanding the real, life altering issues that many of our community members face. I feel even more compelled to help and to recruit others to help.
What is one word you would use to sum up United Way’s work?
What impresses you most about Itasca?
The number of services available for those in need and the collaboration between those services in hopes of making the biggest impact.
What is one thing about United Way that you think most people don’t know?
Volunteering is easy (and extremely rewarding)!
What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in United Way?
No matter what amount you can afford, give. Give because it’s a true and impactful investment in your community… and the feeling is irreplaceable!