Giving has come full circle for a local woman.
 
At 19, Fort Saskatchewan resident Allison Scully found herself in a difficult situation as a single mom working a minimum wage job. Scully felt isolated and sought help at the Boys and Girls Club, a program funded by United Way. Many of her challenges were finally met with solutions that ultimately put her life on the right path.
 
Years later, she's the one leading the giving, taking the campaign chair role for United Way at Nutrien.
 
"I'm passionate about giving back and paying things forward," she told MIX 107.
 
Scully believes poverty doesn't have just one face or trait and it can affect people in different ways.

"I wanted to inspire others and open their eyes to the difference they can be making by giving a donation," she added. "It is near and dear to my heart and it has changed my life."
 
Scully was one of the 2,244 United Way volunteers that provided hands-on assistance to local funded agencies through 222 Days of Caring last year. Days of Caring are opportunities for individuals, families or workplace teams to volunteer and make a difference together.
 
Her son Sean, 16, is helping too. He just wrapped up his third year as a youth leader with the Boys and Girls Club.
 
Wednesday (Dec.5) is International Volunteer Day. The High Level Bridge in Edmonton will be lit up with an "unignorable" colour to recognize United Way and it’s volunteers. 
 
"Volunteers are so critical," concluded Scully.

United Way funds more than 100 programs at 50 agencies around the capital region, including Fort Saskatchewan. All of the programs are focused on creating pathways out of poverty for individuals and families.
 
To learn more about United Way programs, volunteer or to make a donation visit their website.

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