We’re excited to welcome a new member to the United Way of Northeast Florida team for the spring 2014 semester. Here’s a bit about her:
Hi, my name is LollyAnn Garcia. I am graduate student at the University of North Florida studying English with a concentration on composition and rhetoric. In 2008, I received a bachelor’s degree in health sciences with a concentration on nutrition and dietetics. After working at Baptist Medical Center South for a few years, I left to do a bit of traveling where I rediscovered my passion for English literature. Working in the hospital, I have seen first-hand the importance of mental health and the impact it has on the quality of life of an individual. United Way’s focus on mental health through Full Service Schools is a great initiative which brings awareness to issues most people find difficult to speak about or find help for.
I am most interested in United Way’s work in education. United Way’s plan to help children succeed in school through initiatives such as Achievers For Life, ReadingPals, and Success By 6 is a positive way to impact the lives of students and the community. I was lucky enough to have parents who guided and supported me throughout all my years of education. So, I understand the importance of having mentors and a support system during the formative years of life. I hope that during my time here I can contribute to United Way’s commitment to positively impact and strengthen the community.