South-Southwest United Way Welcomes New Board Members Mack, Williams and Wojcik

South-Southwest Suburban United Way (SSWUW) is proud to announce LaRoy Mack of Crete, IL, Johanns Williams of Homewood, IL, and Michael Wojcik of Tinley Park, IL, have joined the SSWUW Board of Directors. Mack, Williams and Wojcik join 18 board members across the Southland region and are responsible for leveraging the nearly $3 million allocated to local United Way Partner Organizations annually, as well as programs serving south suburban residents in crisis. SSWUW is part of a larger network of support through United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. “We’re so pleased to add these dynamic community leaders to our board of directors,” said Reverend Larry L. Jackson, Board President at South-Southwest Suburban United Way. “The varieties of high-caliber professionals on our Board stand to make the biggest impact for those in need throughout the Southland region.” LaRoy Mack LaRoy Mack is a Safe Money Expert. He currently hosts Safe Money Expert® radio show. He is dedicated to keeping Americans educated on growing their retirement and their money without relying solely on the risks of the stock market. Mack has also spent 18 years working with Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) wards and families. Johanns Williams Johanns Williams serves as a General/Area Manager for LaQuinta Inns & Suites (LQ Management LLC). Williams has over 25 years of combined experience in business management, consulting and project management. He was recognized as the highest regional Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) and Hotel of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2007 as voted by the Chicago Sun-Times and Daily Southtown Star. Williams has served the community by promoting and supporting the Minority Business Expo for over eight years, serving as the Chairman of Economic Development Commission for the Village of Matteson and as the Board President of Interdependent Living Solution Center. Mike Wojcik Mike Wojcik is the Senior Vice President of Horton Benefits Services at The Horton Group. As one of the founding principals, Wojcik feels his responsibility is to engage employees so they are conscious of their benefits plan and understand the importance of wellness initiatives. He serves on the governance board of Advocate South Suburban Hospital and several industry government relations committees. “LaRoy, Johanns and Wojcik are just the beginning of what we hope is a swell of recruiting new and diverse board members to assist South-Southwest Suburban United Way with furthering our investments through our education, income and health programs as part of LIVE UNITED 2020,” said Yvonne Orr, Chief Professional Officer at South-Southwest Suburban United Way. “We hope to identify more individuals to join our committed volunteers to further our ambitious LIVE UNITED 2020 goals.” SSWUW, in partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, is helping transform communities of greatest need through the organization’s community impact plan, LIVE UNITED 2020. By 2020, United Way will ensure 50,000 underperforming middle school students enter high school ready to succeed, advance economic stability for 100,000 households and connect 200,000 people with available, preventative health services. Additionally, United Way will answer the immediate crisis needs of 1 million people each year. The impact of LIVE UNITED 2020 is already being felt. In just this past year, SSWUW investments have assisted 795 middle school students, helped 915 individuals become job ready and served 38,425 individuals in crisis. For more information about United Way and how to get involved please visit www.LIVEUNITEDchicago.org/southland.

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United Way advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on the three key building blocks for strong families and healthy communities: Education, Income and Health. LIVE UNITED 2020 is our community impact plan to move people to self-sufficiency. Over the next decade, in communities of greatest need, United Way will: help 50,000 underperforming middle school students enter high school ready to succeed, advance economic stability for 100,000 households and connect 200,000 people with available, preventative health services. Annually, LIVE UNITED 2020 will provide one million individuals with access to crisis services including emergency food, shelter and protection from violence. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change. For more information about United Way, please visit: LIVEUNITEDchicago.org.