When we give back, everyone wins

Kristine Konrad, Promotion Coordinator

Being a volunteer seems to have been hard-wired into my DNA. I’ve worked with my church. I’ve gone on international mission trips with Score International. Heck, I’ve even auctioned myself off as a date during “Date for Lunch,” with proceeds benefitting the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

Twin Cities’ Finest
With this kind of commitment to volunteering, I was especially honored to have been nominated and to be recognized by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for the “Twin Cities’ Finest” program, [ link https://tcfinest2017.finestcff.org/ ] honoring 25 of the city’s most accomplished men and women. We’ve been selected as a result of our community involvement and professional success. I am committed to raise $5,000 to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in their quest to cure this disease. It’s a challenge, and opportunity and a great deal of visibility for me and for YA. In fact, as part of my designation, this year’s group will even be featured in a photo spread in Minnesota Business Magazine.

The value of volunteering
As a YA employee, I know that giving back to the community is important to our leadership and our staff. I’ve already receive a generous contribution from YA President and CEO Chris Behrens. Our corporate culture is very supportive, so I’ve been thrilled to receive such encouraging words from leadership and from my peers in operations. I think that all of us here realize that employees who reach out to contribute to the well-being of those around them will also make a significant contribution to the overall viability and culture of our organization.

Stay tuned
As we wrap up the fundraising effort and move toward the October award celebration, I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my progress. And if you’d like to chat further, please feel free to contact me [link]. In the meantime, wish me luck on reaching my goal.

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