13.1 completed in D.C.
March 16, 2016
BENEFITING: UNITED WAY OF LONG ISLAND INC
ORGANIZER: UNITED WAY OF LONG ISLAND INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
What is Team Mission United?
Team Mission United is a dedicated group of premier runners who will be competing in the NYC Marathon in support of both active military and veterans. Long Island has New York State’s largest veteran’s population and one of the highest concentration of veterans in the US.
Mission United is devoted to providing critical programs for veterans as they reacclimate to civilian life. The program focuses on employment services, education, financial services, health and housing support.
Team Mission United is comprised of five runners representing companies who offer significant support to United Way of Long Island. Team members are joining us from -
- Flushing Bank
- Suffolk Bus Transportation
- Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW
- Ruskin Mosou Faltischek, PC
Team members are currently training to dedicate their Marathon to Mission United and want you to join them in spirit for the 26.2 miles they will run on November 6th.
Each runner will both compete to provide awareness of the Mission United program and raise funds in support of veterans.
Team Mission United invites you to help by making a donation in support of their efforts. Each runner is working hard to raise funds on their own as well as receiving support from the companies they work for.
Your donations will assure that even more money can be raised to make Mission United grow!
Learn about Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW MAP Director Jennifer Lipack and read her Interview-
When many people think of their dream vacation, it takes place by the pool of a cruise ship or on a tour of Europe. When Long Island native, Jennifer Lipack, MAP Director for Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW thinks about a vacation, it comes in a very different form.
Jennifer likes to travel to “runcations.” What is a runcation? Jennifer explains. “A runcation is when you get together with a group of friends and run in different marathons and half marathons around the country.”
Jennifer loves her runcations, so much so that she will compete in 5 or 6 in 2016. Jennifer has specialized in half marathons while taking in the scenery in numerous cities. Jennifer commented on her travels, “I’ve run in Disney, New Orleans, Chicago, Colorado, Florida, California, Philadelphia, Washington, Cape Cod and Boston so far. I’ve met a great group of friends who run. Wherever I travel, I know my running friends will also be along. It’s a great time.”
The running community is extremely supportive of not for profit causes. Most races benefit a charity. In the past Jennifer has ran for causes such as The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Jennifer finds this to be added motivation. She said, “It’s always added motivation to do your best when you know others are benefitting from your efforts.”
Jennifer is honored to be running for the United Way of Long Island Team Mission United. She has seen the work of United Way first hand.
Jennifer is the Member Assistance Director for Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW which includes supermarket and drug store employees, health care workers, pharmacists, delivery workers, and employees at warehouses and numerous other retail food services. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York and Florida State and a Master of Social Work, Jen is responsible for lending assistance to Union members who might be suffering from substance abuse issues, mental health needs or housing difficulties.
Jennifer was thankful that United Way of Long Island worked collaboratively with Local 338 during an employment crisis. Jennifer recalled, “Many of our members were left with a host of critical problems when both A&P and Walbaum’s went out of business. United Way was quick to respond to us with numerous resources to help our members get back on their feet. Local 338 and myself were very grateful.”
When her supervisor John Durso, the President of both RWDSU Local 338 and the Long Island Federation of Labor and also the Immediate Past Chairman of United Way of Long Island asked her to run, she saw it as an honor. Jen commented, “I know how deeply involved the Union is with United Way and I see Mr. Durso’s deep commitment to the organization. I want to help maintain that legacy while helping veterans.”
Her goals for the race? Jennifer quite simply says “To finish injury free!”