“You are truly a UJA success story,” is a phrase that I have heard my entire life. My parents met in the Inbal Hotel elevator on a UJA mission trip to Israel 30 years ago, and because of that, they will always be grateful for UJA’s work. Throughout my childhood, my parents have ingrained in my head the value of UJA’s mission and to “get involved.” Not exactly sure what that meant, as a young adult, I took matters into my own hands and tried to carry out these values. This past year I was a Shapiro Fellow and joined REX Next. And, in a professional context, the majority of my past internships and employment sites are at agencies which are funded by UJA. Looking back, it is clear that UJA’s work has impacted all aspects of my life: familial, personal and professional. The same way UJA has been there for me, UJA serves people in need, not just during times of crisis but in their everyday lives.