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Community Pioneer LogoDo you know somebody in your community serving and helping others? Nominate them as a Community Pioneer! These individuals are people who work or volunteer at a Idaho non-profit organization within our field of membership.

From community nominated individuals, Pioneer will select one winner every month and award them $1,000 for the organization they represent. Each winner will also be highlighted on our website and social media in order to spread awareness for their organization's cause.

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October Winner: Sonya H with United Way of South Central Idaho

group of people holding a check and can openersOur October Community Pioneer winner is Sonya H. with United Way of South Central Idaho out of Twin Falls. Sonya is an Idaho native, born in the woodlands of Salmon, Idaho. She moved to Twin Falls in 2003 and has dug deep roots with her community ever since. She has two amazing kiddos named Marley and Lennon. When she is not giving back to her community, she enjoys hiking for emotional fitness and well being and wearing hats that promote the businesses she loves!

United Way of South Central Idaho fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community throughout South Central Idaho. Through careful research, United Way identifies the biggest local needs. To meet those needs, United Way brings together people and organizations with the passion, expertise, and resources necessary to improve our community. It’s about change that’s built to last for generations by: improving early education, so that every child is ready for school; helping people achieve financial stability, and get working families on the road to economic stability; and promoting healthy lives for children and adults through preventive action and access to care.

Sonya has been a part of the United Way team for 5 years as the Resources and Community Development Director. Her most recent project coming up this holiday season is “12 Cool Things to Give”, a give back partnership with the local food banks to fill the gap of items that they are most in need of. This project initiated 3 years ago, however the gap of critical items needed has not changed. Join us in efforts to give this season too and donate items at any of our Magic Valley branches.