"The program had an amazing impact on me in terms of not only my desire to do good things for the community but also for challenging myself intellectually"
-Mary Rachel, Duanesburg
Mary Rachel lost her dad at age 12. At that time, her mom wanted to get her involved in extracurricular activities, one of which was the Environmental Study Team at Schoharie River Center. Mary Rachel was one of the youth who appeared in a 2009 United Way video. Through the course of her middle and high school years, Mary Rachel remained actively involved in EST including earning a role as a youth board member. A recent graduate of Syracuse University, Mary Rachel wants to put her education to use in the nonprofit field with an ultimate goal of working at the United Nations.
United Way Platform: Education
Focus Area: Youth Development
Funded Agency: Schoharie River Center
“The United Way donations make it so we can exist. I don’t think we could exist without them.”
-Scott Hadam, Environmental Educator, Schoharie River Center, Inc.