Meet the VISTA - Leah

1. Tell us about yourself.

I am a person that welcomes the privilege to serve. Plus, I believe everyone should volunteer, throughout their life, in causes that they value. Prior to joining United Way, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Vanuatu and as an AmeriCorps VISTA. This year, I married my best friend, and my husband and I are now expecting our first child. With God’s blessing, I anticipate a hopeful and happy future.


2. Give us a description of what you do for United Way. 

I am an AmeriCorps VISTA and I serve as the Health Access Coordinator with United Way. Presently, I seek to expand the community’s access to health information and health resources. Specifically, I manage the FamilyWize partnership, which provides free prescription savings cards and no-cost flu vaccination vouchers. Secondly, I assist with facilitating Legacy, a network of community advocates. Further, I shall be helping to maintain the Enroll El Paso coalition and develop the Family Resource Center with EPISD’s Community Schools.


3. Why is this work so important to our community?

I believe access to healthcare is a human right. Promoting equitable access to a holistic range of health resources is vital to strengthening the quality of life of community members. Without good health, we cannot thrive.


4. What is the most surprising thing you have learned about the community and yourself in your time at United Way?

One aspect I have re-encountered serving with United Way is the presence of people striving to create a better El Paso. One thing I have become aware of personally is how public service is invigorating.


5. Share a quote that motivates you as a person.

For the truth is, the more we do for God, the more we are indebted to him for making use of us, and enabling us, for His service.