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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Michelle reached out to United Way of Long Island's Family Prosperity Center through a partner agency for assistance with financial responsibility. Her living situation was changing, and she was unsure about how to find new housing. After meeting with a financial counselor, Michelle was able to write down a monthly budget and break down her income vs. expenses. Her current rent was covered by the partner agency; however she would only be receiving this assistance for a specific period of time and wanted to make sure she would be able to pay her new rent when she it became her responsibility.... Read more
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
To Suffolk Transportation Service, Inc. (STS) Transit Bus Driver Walter Rodriguez, running for Team Mission United simply presents another opportunity to do what he does best. With ten years of running under his belt, Rodriguez has completed five TCS NYC Marathons. This year, as he embarks on his sixth, he has welcomed the chance to make it even more memorable. “I feel very thankful and grateful to be a part of Team Mission United,” he said. Running on behalf of Mission United allows Rodriguez to continue supporting a community with which he is all too familiar. As a transit bus driver,... Read more
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Recognized as one of the country's premier events, the TCS NYC Marathon attracts runners from far beyond the city's five boroughs. One runner set to make the journey for the big day is Tampa resident Mark Capobianco. Though currently a Floridian, Mark was born and raised a Long Islander. His early training for sports like hockey and boxing was rooted in the familiar terrain of his neighborhood. "I would run down the length of Deer Park Avenue all the time. When I moved to Babylon, I would run trails in Belmont Park, and Argyle Lake was one of my favorite spots," he recalled. Now, he spends... Read more
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
If there’s one thing Samantha Maurice knows, it’s the power of perseverance. This elementary education teacher first picked up her running shoes in middle school and hasn’t put them down since. She ran cross country and track every year through college, aiming to complete her first marathon right after graduation. Now, as she joins Team Mission United, she’s ramping up her training to run her second marathon.  Though getting to the finish line stands as no small task, Samantha can rely on her personal support system to push her through. Running by her side will be two longtime friends, Gina... Read more
Friday, August 4, 2017
How do you go from loathing anything faster than a slight jog to running one of the world’s premier marathons? Just ask Political Director of the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO Ryan Stanton. Before meeting his wife, Kayla, Ryan merely tolerated running as part of his crossfit training – a commitment he paired with his enthusiasm for weight lifting. When he and Kayla started dating, however, he found himself having to run just to spend a day with her. As they were saving for their wedding, he sacrificed CrossFit in favor of triathalons. “Little did I know triathalons were more... Read more
Friday, August 4, 2017
When it comes to burning rubber, Michael Bingold –Executive Vice President, Director of Distribution and Client Development at Flushing Bank – knows how to put the sole to the pavement. A runner of fifteen years, Bingold has completed his fair share of races, including the Long Island and Entenmanns half marathons, many corporate challenges and the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon. Given his extensive experience, it comes as no surprise that Bingold was approached by the Chair of United Way of Long Island’s Board of Directors, Senior Executive Vice President & COO at Flushing Bank Maria Grasso, to... Read more
Friday, August 4, 2017
For therapy assistant Megan Power, running on behalf of Team Mission United breathes new life into a longtime dream. When a patient came into her office and mentioned that Team Mission United needed three more runners, Megan’s name was quickly tossed into the ring. “The Long Island Insurance Community is thrilled to sponsor Megan as she takes on the challenge of the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon,” said Mary Mondrick, Co-Chair of the Long Island Insurance Community. “I am so glad she was in the clinic that day to accept the spot on the team, and we all will be rooting for her come November.” The... Read more
Friday, August 4, 2017
For Kayla Stanton, running is anything but a chore. This longtime runner first got her start in high school and later returned to racing just a few years ago. Since then, she has run three marathons and countless half marathons. Her motivation through it all? It’s simple: love of the sport. Stanton’s love of running gets her through every step of preparation for each race. “The training can be grueling and time consuming, but the way you feel after crossing that finish line makes it all worth it,” she said. Stanton can expect to experience that same satisfaction when she crosses the TCS NYC... Read more
Friday, August 4, 2017
While some wouldn’t dream of tackling the world’s largest marathon once, seasoned runner Jennifer Lipack intends to cross the TSC NYC Marathon finish line for a second time come November. Having completed the marathon first in 2016 as a member of Team Mission United, Jennifer will once again run on behalf of the United Way of Long Island. Jennifer, a Local 338 Member Assistance Program Directior, is no stranger to United Way’s missions, as they often intersect with her own work. “It’s always good to support United Way when they provide us with support, especially in the social work field,”... Read more
Friday, August 4, 2017
For Jeff Reynolds, running for a cause is nothing out of the ordinary. As President/CEO of Family & Children’s Association, a community partner agency of United Way, Reynolds has worked extensively with programs that assist struggling families, children and adults. Now, as he joins Team Mission United, he looks to help extend these services to veterans as well. Since his start as a competitive runner six years ago, Reynolds has made the leap from 5ks to marathons, and beyond to triathlons. All the while, he has made it a point to run on behalf of various nonprofit organizations. His... Read more

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