Leading the Way

Employee Spotlight: How Katie Moydell supports United Way

Katie Moydell, an underwriter in Growth Operations, has been with Colonial Life for eight years.

Here, in a Q&A with WorkLife, she shares how she supports the United Way of the Midlands through one of its partner agencies, the Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter. 

WorkLife: What United Way Partner Agency are you involved with and why?

Moydell: Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter has held a special place in my heart for almost my entire life.  My mom became a volunteer with the shelter in 1989, and  I remember her telling me stories of the children at the shelter and realizing how fortunate I was.  I grew up knowing I would be an advocate for this special organization.

WorkLife: What have you experienced by working with a UW Partner Agency that has inspired you?

Moydell: As an officer on the Board of Directors, I’ve heard good stories and I’ve heard some really bad stories. Seeing the children happy, hopeful and thriving – knowing some of their hardships – is an inspiration.  And watching a child’s progress as they grow and develop in a caring environment is a blessing.

WorkLife: How does United Way provide assistance to this partner agency?

Moydell: Besides funding for our traditional program, United Way has been integral in our Homeless Teen program.  About four years ago, they approached the shelter with a grant to take in non-DSS children.  Our program started with four teens, and we recently acquired a property that could help up to 20 teens.  We’ve sent multiple children off to college, and just like other students, they come home during Christmas, spring and summer breaks.  To know we are providing a future for these young adults is amazing.

WorkLife: What does Colonial Life’s support of United Way mean to you?

Moydell: Knowing my employer supports and encourages its employees to give back is key.

WorkLife: Why should companies and employees support the United Way?

Moydell: Everybody has something they can give –an extra dollar, an hour of service or even a smile.  In a world that can be so dark, we should all strive to be a little light of hope.

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