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Friday, May 1, 2015

Free Smiley Cookie: Help us support United for Women!

At Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, we’ve long been a partner of the United Way, with team members generously donating to our annual campaign to support critical community needs.


With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we’re teaming up on the United Way of Allegheny County’s “Love Mom” campaign – and you can help!

Now through May 13, all donors who contribute to the campaign through the text-to-give program will receive a free Smiley Cookie at Eat’n Park.  

How? Simple: 
  1. Text "UnitedforWomen" to 51555 to make your donation.
  2. You'll receive a confirmation email; just print & bring it to Eat'n Park by May 17 to enjoy your free Smiley Cookie!
United for Women helps those facing financial crises due to unexpected life events such as layoffs, accidents, divorce, a health crisis, or death of a spouse – all of which can send vulnerable women spiraling into poverty.  United for Women provides a bridge to help get them back on their feet.  

Below, read about Lisa, who found herself struggling emotionally and financially after sustaining injuries in a car accident.  United for Women was there to help.

Lisa’s Story 

Lisa was on her way to work on August 19, 2014 when a careless driver smashed into the back of her car. 

Lisa’s recovery from her injuries, including a severe concussion and memory loss, took four months. “I was doing so well,” she says, “and then this man turned my life upside down.” 

While she healed Lisa was isolated, depressed, and “had absolutely no income”. She was close to homelessness when she reached out to a United for Women-funded program that helps women recover from an unexpected first-time financial crisis. The program brought Lisa’s rent and utility bills up to date and linked her to longer term employment supports. By Christmas, she had a new job. 

Lisa had felt so alone, but after connecting with the program she felt blessed. Her accident gave her clarity about how quickly life can change. “I learned so much about the value of things I always took for granted. I’m getting better; not everyone can say that.” United for Women gave Lisa “friendship, someone who understood and helped me get my life back.” Lisa plans to volunteer to assist other women in similar situations. “These programs are so needed,” she says. 

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