Month: November 2017

12 Days of Giving: Jeff Kozinski

One of Jeff Kozinski’s favorite moments in his 23 years of teaching happened when one of his students broke down crying in front of him. The tears came when the student was working with Jeff on a project called Operation Christmas. As part of the project, the student made several […]

12 Days of Giving: Lacey Peters

Lacey Peters is constantly on the move. Whether it is shouting out instructions over the top of pop music as she instructs a Zumba class, running from meeting to meeting to help out with civic groups and volunteer projects, or transporting her children to afterschool activities, the member experience director […]

12 Days of Giving: Anjana Gupta

When Anjana Gupta met her little, she had no idea the ways it would change her life. “I’ve watched this little girl grow into a preteen,” says Anjana, a 36-year-old dentist from St. Joseph. “It’s been both terrifying and so great.” Anjana is a volunteer with Big Brothers and Big […]

12 Days of Giving: Ronald Butts

Ron Butts feels most in his element when surrounded by playful barks and purring felines, which makes sense, considering he grew up the son of a veterinarian. In 1991, Ron hung up his hat as an electrician after earning his degree in electronics, and took a job cleaning kennels at […]

12 Days of Giving: Breeze Ettl

Less than a week after beginning her role as executive director for the southwest Michigan branch of the American Red Cross, Breeze Ettl was tasked with an enormous project: organizing efforts to help with the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. “It’s really quiet around these offices right now,” the […]

12 Days of Giving: Kendra Hixenbaugh

Many newlyweds spend their first holiday season together baking pies for the family and creating their own traditions. However, Lieutenant Kendra Hixenbaugh and her new husband Joseph will be spending the season working hard to make sure Niles families are able to enjoy their holidays. Having just been married in […]

12 Days of Giving: Steve Camilleri

Steve Camilleri is a hugger. Offering a warm smile and direct eye contact as he speaks, the South Bend man makes many he meets feel like a longtime friend, embracing his companions — both literally and figuratively — exactly as they are. The son of a therapist and a bartender […]

12 Days of Giving: Kathy Schneider

Described by those who utilize its services as a “community within a community,” St. Margaret’s House in South Bend is a destination where women and children are accepted for who they are, regardless of their circumstances. For 26 years, Kathy Schneider has committed thousands of hours to helping women struggling […]

12 Days of Giving: Andy Janson

Andy Janson has always believed in helping others and addressing social issues. This is why when an opportunity arose in 2014 to work with United Way of Southwest Michigan, he jumped on it. “It’s a great place to be,” Andy says. “They do some incredible work.” Andy, 53, of St. […]

12 Days of Giving: Cheri Beck

A busy stay-at-home mother, Cheri Beck spends her days caring for other people, so it feels only natural to also spend her free time feeding hungry people throughout her community. Cheri, 39, of Stevensville, has been volunteering with the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen for several years, a job she calls […]