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Sierra has hard-earned strength and determination that she draws on every day serving patients as a CNA. She has walked the road to self-sufficiency, overcoming many obstacles, and is a shining example of what’s possible when barriers are removed.

Sierra's Dream

As a young adult, Sierra’s dreams for the future included a stable, enriching career as a CNA. She took the first step, enrolling in classes. Like many young people, Sierra didn’t know that just ahead she would face challenges that could derail her dream.

Grief and Financial Challenges

Sierra thought she was on her way to a bright future. With high hopes, she decided to lease a vehicle—one that fit her future but was currently out of her budget. Then tragedy struck: Sierra’s nephew died. The grief and financial strain were so great, Sierra had to drop out of school to focus on paying down her car debt.

Young people need our support

Young adults across our community have solid dreams for a self-sufficient future. But they face personal hardships that make it financially difficult to see their dreams become a reality.

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of McLean County households are struggling financially

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of low- and middle-income U.S. households rely on credit cards for daily needs

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of Americans had trouble paying for food, medical care, housing, and utilities

Sierra’s dream was all but lost until she heard about Workforce180.

With support and resources behind her, Sierra was able to complete CNA certification and even secured her first job in a Bloomington care facility! But Sierra’s challenges weren’t over. Workforce180 continues to be an encouragement and support for Sierra to continue pursuing a bright future in a career she loves.



Today, Sierra is back on track!

Sierra’s journey is full of highs and lows. With the support of community members like you, she was able to see her dream become a reality! When we’re 180United, young adults like Sierra find the support and resources they need to overcome life’s obstacles and step into a bright future.


Your support through United Way of McLean County opens pathways to prosperity for others like Sierra.

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