In honor of Mother's Day, we've asked a mother/daughter duo about why they give to United Way and why philanthropy is important to their family.
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
The Carroll family moved to Fort Collins in the early 1970s. Ginny is the second of Joe and Jan’s four children. Now, she lives with her husband Dave Carpenter just a few blocks from where she grew up. Jan works in Extension at Colorado State University and Ginny is a teacher at Poudre High School.
What are you passionate about?
Both mother and daughter are passionate about full participation in society for women and girls, including economic self-sufficiency, wage equality, STEM opportunities, and girls graduating. Jan’s experience as a trustee of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado has been inspirational, and Ginny’s tenure on the Board of Project Self-Sufficiency was enlightening. Both have practiced volunteerism through the Junior League of Fort Collins—they are one of just two mother/daughter pairs to have served the organization as presidents.
How long have you been a WomenGive donor?
Jan is a Charter Member, joining United Way's WomenGive during its inaugural year in 2006, and Ginny joined in October 2015.
Why do you choose to support your community through United Way's WomenGive?
United Way's WomenGive is the perfect philanthropic package, according to Jan. It provides childcare assistance for local women as they attend school, and it supports Women’s Foundation of Colorado research and advocacy at the state level for lasting change. Ginny is a new member, also currently serving on the City of Fort Collins Women’s Commission.
Why is philanthropy & community involvement important to your family?
Jan, her husband Joe, and Ginny have donated to United Way for many years and have served in leadership roles with the campaign and/or on the board to support families and children in Larimer County. All four of Jan’s and Joe’s children follow in their footsteps and contribute to their communities in a variety of ways. Jan's and Ginny's service within their professional careers demonstrates commitment to community, as well.
THANKS TO JAN AND GINNY AND THOUSANDS OF DONORS LIKE THEM, WE ARE HELPING LOCAL CHILDREN AND FAMILIES CREATE A FUTURE FILLED WITH PROMISE AND OPPORTUNITY.