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As the weather starts to get colder, the beauty of the season causes many of us to feel warmness in our hearts, and that is why this is my favorite time of year. For as long as I can remember, Christmas has been my absolute favorite holiday. I loved getting presents as a kid, what kid doesn’t?  But for me, the receiving has never been as exciting as the giving. There is no better feeling than finding the perfect gift for someone you love and getting to see the excitement and emotion when they receive it.  For this same reason, I have absolutely loved my time working with the United Way. Our United Way of Jefferson and North Walworth County gets to give “gifts” all year long and fills people with hope and joy. Is there a better job? I think not.

I want to share with you all my plans for after graduation, which is fast approaching on December 21st. My goal is to find a job in the nonprofit sector with hopes of making as much of an impact on a community and its people, that Megan and the United Way does here. So with that I want to thank you all. Thank you to this community that has shown me how important it is to support your neighbor. Thank you to every contributor to the workplace campaign for their support of our 2019 campaign. Thank you to UW-Whitewater for allowing me this opportunity to grow my skills and find my passion. Thank you to our amazing board of directors for all of their kindness and help during my internship. Finally, a HUGE thank you to Megan for everything she has done. I cannot thank her enough for all her help during my internship. She has taught me so much during my six months with the United Way, but nothing more important than the impact one person can make in the lives of so many.  To all of you I cannot express my gratitude enough, THANK YOU!

I wish you all happiness, good health, and peace this holiday season!

Rachael Chupka
United Way Intern