When Giving Back Brings Change – and Romance

By United Way of King County, on December 3, 2019 | In Change Makers, Volunteering

When we ask people why they give their time and money, we hear some general themes: for some it’s a cherished family value; for others, it feels like the right thing to do; many say that they get back more than they give.

It’s not every day that we hear that volunteering was the foundation for meeting their significant other and establishing a tradition of giving.

For Philip and Juliana, that is exactly what happened.

Philip and Juliana pose in a group photo with other tax volunteers

The two met as volunteers for United Way’s Free Tax Program in 2016. This is a rigorous volunteer gig: sixteen weeks providing free tax preparation to low-income people and ensuring those eligible receive the Earned Income Tax Credit.

More than 20,000 tax returns were completed for free that year – and Philip and Juliana went together to the end-of-campaign celebration. They have been a couple ever since. They continue to volunteer each year with the Free Tax Campaign – and are looking forward to serving more people in 2020.

At last month’s Eat, Drink & Be Generous event, there was a call for guests to give $100 or more each month and become a Change Maker donor. Philip and Juliana were among the more than 40 people who stepped up.

Juliana and Philip pose for a photo while holding "community" and "#begenerous" signs at the Eat, Drink and Be Generous event

“We’ve seen the direct impact in the community—and the many stories we’ve heard inspired us to step up and become Change Makers.”

—Philip and Juliana

Thank you, Philip and Juliana, for giving your time and treasure – and for sharing your story! Want to follow their lead? Here’s how:


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