's Incredible Impact on My Life

Happy Thanksgiving,

The season of lights is upon us. As's Director of Communications, I wanted to share my story with you. has left an incredible impact on my life. For five years after college, I struggled to find work. Despite a degree from a prestigious college, no one was willing to take a chance on me...until Cynthia.

It’s funny to think it was just a year ago when a friend showed me a job posting for that said, “must love dogs”, featuring a picture of the dog, Bella. My heart melted when I saw Bella’s darling features--however, I was reluctant. For years after college, I’d spend countless hours applying for jobs to the point where finding a job felt like a job.

It was humiliating to constantly apply only to be rejected.

I remember days when I’d lie in my bed, scrolling through Google desperate to find a community that understood me. It wasn’t like I was trying to be unemployed.

I was so worried when I went in for my interview at that I would once again get rejected.

...but Cynthia and Bella surprised me when they took a chance on me.

This past year with has been an extraordinary new era for me. As’s first Communications Director, I’ve been able to help over 30 people in the Fox Valley Community find employment.

I know what it’s like to go through the humiliating cycle of trying to find work. I never want anyone to go through that.

That’s why I believe in

There are so few community centers that actually look at the unemployed the way that does. understands the frustration and humiliation that comes with the job search. It’s a community founded on the belief that everyone--no matter their station in life--deserves the same chances.


95% of the members who use the program achieve success and bolster our economy.

The world needs more nonprofits like However, at present, there’s only one.

This Giving Tuesday, is participating in #ILGive. We’re pledging to raise $5,555 in honor of our 5th anniversary.

Listen, I know there’s no shortage of charitable organizations you can make a tax-deductible donation to--but when I think of how has not only changed my life but the lives of my neighbors in this community, I know what they do is invaluable.

It’s my dream that will continue to grow and to help the more than 21,387 people in Kane County facing unemployment. Your donation will help.