Marla Bradshaw recognized the increasing need in her community and knew that meeting that need would require a greater level of resources.
As Co-Chair of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, along with her husband Steve Bradshaw, Marla helped to increase membership in the society's new Step-Up Program.
"We are proud of that achievement and hope we were able to provide more support for our partner agencies," she said.
The Step-Up Program requires a minimum person pledge of $5,000 in the first year, with a commitment to "step-up" personal giving to $7,500 the second year and $10,000 by the third year. Step-Up participants receive full Tocqueville Society recognition and benefits in the $10,000 to $14,999 category during the first two years of participation.
"Many people are willing to consider membership in the Tocqueville Society but that first gift can often be a challenge," she said. "Providing a bridging opportunity can encourage them to get involved."
In addition to her tireless work in fundraising, Marla is a longtime participant of the annual Day of Caring.
"Providing support is important but sometimes you just need to roll up your sleeves to help."
Marla has a history of community service and presently she serves on the board of directors of the Salvation Army, a United Way partner agency.
"We've always felt good supporting the United Way - we know agencies' funding requests have been thoroughly reviewed and our support is being put to good use."