The United Way Experiences a Growing Rate of Volunteerism

An elected Illinois-based policy maker, Jeff Pesek focuses on supporting education. In his free time, Jeff Pesek engages with several nonprofits, including the Wounded Warrior Project and the United Way.

A driving force for nonprofit and community organizations, volunteerism is essential for carrying out logistics that positively affect local neighborhoods and schools. Unfortunately, as stated in a report released by the United Way in June of 2014, the United States saw a significant decrease in the volunteer rate, which fell from 27.5 percent in 2002, the first year data was collected, to 25.4 percent in 2013, even with a population growth that resulted in a 9 percent increase in actual volunteers.

However, not all goodwill organizations were affected the same way. The United Way during the same time period saw a boost of 23.8 percent in volunteers. The United Way president and chief executive officer, Brian Gallagher, attributes the growing rate to the organization establishing solid partnerships with people and businesses. In addition, he states that the United Way’s focus on education, finance, and health, all of which are necessary for a strong community, contributes to the success of its volunteer programs.


An Overview of the American Red Cross Blood Donation Process

Jeff Pesek currently leads J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 as board of education president. Outside of this role, Jeff Pesek contributes to his community through support of charities such as the Wounded Warriors Project and the American Red Cross.

Every three seconds someone in the world requires a blood transfusion. Many of these individuals are suffering from cancer, and about 20 percent are children. By donating a single pint of blood, a healthy person can save as many as three lives. Thanks to organizations such as the American Red Cross, donating blood is as simple as visiting and locating the nearest donation center or blood drive.

After a person has met all Red Cross eligibility requirements, he or she can make a donation. Blood is processed and evaluated to ensure that the donation comes from a healthy donor and that the blood has not been contaminated at any point since the donation. All qualifying samples are subsequently labeled and stored at the appropriate temperature until an individual at a nearby hospital requires a transfusion.

Wounded Warrior Project’s Miniseries Arrives on Netflix and YouTube

Jeff Pesek, a Chicago-based leader and academic trustee, has guided the growth of JS Morton High School District 201. A supporter of the Wounded Warriors Project, Jeff Pesek helps community programs for injured veterans.

As one of the largest nonprofits in the nation dedicated to supporting service members, Wounded Warrior Project is committed to not only serving as a first line of contact for those who have been injured in the line of duty, but also as an intermediary to raise awareness about visible and invisible war wounds. Wounded Warrior Project sponsored the development of the documentary miniseries “Wounded: The Battle Back Home” for its 10th anniversary, and it is now available to a wider audience than ever through YouTube and Netflix. Each of the 12 episodes provides thought-provoking insight into the various challenges of transitioning to civilian life, as well as issues including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and military sexual trauma (MST). The miniseries is just a small part of the WWP’s efforts to raise awareness about poorly understood mental health issues and the true cost of sacrifices made in the line of service.