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May 18, 2015
United Way's WomenGive, a program that focuses on providing single mothers the opportunity to create a better, brighter future for their kids, draws members for a variety of different reasons. One reason is because the members were either single momsthemselvesor they were raised by single moms. That is the case for both Kim Winger and her mother, Debbie Casey, and because of that, they see the value in helping single moms achieve self-sufficiency and be good role models for their kids. Read more about Kim and Debbie's story down below.
Kim - I am a mom to two incredible kids, Ella (11) and Luke (9); and Quint and I are incredibly fortunate to be raising our family in Fort Collins for the last seven years. We both work at CSU - I am the Development Director for the College of Health and Human Sciences, and Quint is an Associate Professor in Biomedical Sciences -and we are a proud Ram family.
Debbie - I'm a native Houstonian and currently work for the Chairman & CEO of Hilcorp Energy Company. I am proud to be Kim Winger's mom. I raised her as a single mom working as an executive secretary. I enjoy walking, travel, musical theater and all sports. I am a past president of Executive Women International, Houston Chapter, and I'm an elder at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.
Kim - I heard about WomenGive from Myra Powers and Nancy Hartley at a CSU event a few years back. It immediately struck a chord with me, as my mom raised me as a single mom. She couldn't finish college due to childcare costs, and I decided to join WomenGive so that I can help others do what Mom couldn't.
Debbie - I first learned about WomenGive by attending an event with Kim several years ago where we met and heard stories of some of the scholarship winners. It brought back many memories of my own struggles as a single mom.
Kim - I joined about 5 years ago on my mom's birthday as my gift to honor her. And now, I'm so excited that she has joined WomenGive too! I can't wait until she moves to Fort Collins in a few years so she can get more involved in the organization.
Debbie - I joined WomenGive at the annual luncheon this past February. The annual luncheon was so impressive. It was well attended and very organized. Seeing my daughter at the podium was such a proud moment for me. Her passion for WomenGive is contagious and she is setting a great example for her own daughter.
Kim - I love the idea of women helping women. I've been so inspired by the generosity in our community, and it's a privilege to be a part of this incredible group. But mostly, I love that I can play a small part in helping single moms achieve self-sufficiency through education. What a life-changer for these women and their daughters and sons!
Debbie - Education is critically important to single moms as they try to make a better life for themselves and their children. Good childcare is expensive. Giving these moms peace of mind is what I love most about this program. Knowing their children are in good hands allows them to attend class and focus on studying.
Kim - The cycle of poverty can only be broken through education. It is critically important, and WomenGive is directly helping single mothers earn their degrees. It makes families stronger, but it also strengthens our community. The partnership with the Women's Foundation of Colorado is icing on the cake!
Debbie - WomenGive is a strong and generous organization that is making a difference in the lives of single moms and their children.
Kim - I love hearing the personal stories of our scholarship recipients. It feels very rewarding to know that WomenGive is making a real impact on so many lives, and that the children of our recipients are going to grow up with incredible role models - their moms!
Debbie - I've only been a member a few months and since I live in Houston it is difficult to be involved. However, I plan to move to Fort Collins part-time when I retire in 3 years and hope to be more involved then.
To learn more about WomenGive membership, click here.
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