New Beginnings with United Way

By Dr. Angelo Cruzsein II


My Career has completely changed and I am now doing something I never dreamed of doing. I am working for United Way. I never knew of all the wonderful things that United Way made possible for so many people.

The only thing I knew about United Way was on Sunday during the NFL games. I thought United Way played for the NFL (just joking).  I am so amazed at all the wonderful things United Way does in the community of Lake & Sumter Counties.

 I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful organization that believes in building lives in the community.  Our mission statement says it all: Improve the quality of life and build a stronger community by leveraging resources and uniting partners to impact Education, Income, and Health. How cool is that?

I was hired as Director of a new program MISSION UNITED. A program I did not know anything about “imagine that”. All I knew is that it was to help veterans navigate through a chaotic system for the services and benefits they deserve and need.

I was a Hospice Chaplin for 28 years which was a rewarding career that I felt blessed to do, but United Way of Lake and Sumter has filled the void after retirement from Hospice. I am still helping to make a difference in the lives of others.

After nine months, I am excited to be a part of MISSION UNITED. We launched the program in June with a community forum. We are currently discussing the real needs of our veterans here in Lake and Sumter counties and help them to find a clearer path for help and services needed.

Working together with our community partners as we say at United Way “United We Fight. United We Win. Live United”.