Gregory Bradbard is president and CEO for Inland Empire United Way (IEUW). Based in Rancho Cucamonga, IEUW improves the lives and futures of low-income families in the Inland Empire. Gregory also serves on the Inland Empire Funders Alliance and the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He can be reached at Gbradbard@ieuw.org and at @GregBradbard on Twitter.
Tracy Simmons was recently elected the incoming chairwoman for Inland Empire United Way’s Board of Directors. As a mom and the Inland Empire Regional Vice President for Enterprise Rent-a-Car, managing the second largest region in the country, including 64 branches, one could ask how she manages it all.Tracy gives much of the credit for her commitment to philanthropy and the ability to balance multiple priorities to the organizational culture at Enterprise. Like many Enterprise...
I was recently asked what accomplishment in my life I am most proud of. A couple of things immediately came to mind. Through my work at United Way, I have been fortunate to help develop many programs and projects that have assisted people in our community. I have also found great satisfaction in personal volunteer experiences.But ultimately I concluded that, by far, the aspect of my life that I am most proud of is being a dad. I’m not sure I would call it an accomplishment,...
Primary and secondary education
As soon as I entered the Garey High School gym, I could sense anticipation in the air. The bleachers were packed with students eager for the ceremony to begin. Parents, teachers and administrators sat in the front row. Music played on the loudspeakers, the stage was covered in college pennants, and a giant inflatable Viking tunnel was awaiting the entrance of 62 college-bound seniors. Finally, it was time. Although the crowd had only been waiting...
In 2006, a phone center was established to answer calls from those in San Bernardino County needing anything from housing to healthcare, from dental to disaster services. The concept was simple: Provide an easy-to-remember phone number that can be utilized day or night to connect those in need with a variety of community resources throughout the region.
Desiree’s world was suddenly turned upside down when her 3-year-old son was diagnosed with brain cancer. After numerous emergency room visits and shifting her attention to her son’s care, she lost her job, lost her apartment and her vehicle soon became their home.Although this 23-year-old mother sought help from several shelters for herself and her two sons, none was appropriate due to the liabilities associated with her son’s condition. When she didn’t...
He just needed to get to his cancer treatment appointments. Daniel dialed 211 hoping to find assistance with transportation. Although he owns a car of his own, he simply couldn’t afford the cost of gas to get from his home in the High Desert to his chemotherapy appointments five days a week.Daniel is a 61-year-old Vietnam veteran who served our country faithfully and in recent years has struggled to make ends meet. After two years trying to get to bottom of his medical...