Recently, we sat down with Jeff & Missy Disterhoft, longtime supporters of United Way and Tocqueville Step Up members, to learn more about them and why they choose to invest in United Way. Enjoy this Q&A to find out how Jeff & Missy feel United Way "moves the needle" ...
How long have you lived in the Iowa City area?-We’ve lived in Eastern Iowa pretty much our entire lives, but in the Iowa City area since 1997.
Tell us a little about your family, children? We have two adult children – Ally is an Investment Banking Analyst with Barclay’s Bank in New York City, and Nate is a sophomore at the University of Iowa studying Finance, Business Analytics and Political Science.
What do you and Missy like to do in your spare time? We enjoy traveling, spending time together as a family, our Faith, following our favorite sports teams, and spending time with area friends.
What other organizations are you involved with in the community? Over the years we’ve been involved with a number of organizations, including the North Liberty Food Pantry, Faith Academy, the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties, Iowa City Noon Rotary, the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, Iowa City Area Development, Parkview Church, Eastern Iowa Fellowship of Christian Athletics, Essential Instruction, and the Iowa City Community School District Foundation to name a few.
How and when did you become involved with United Way? We first began our involvement with the United Way as what is now a Community Impact committee member, but in the years since have helped with the Power of the Purse and a number of other events, numerous committees, and twice Chaired the Annual Campaign.
Why did you decide to become members of the Tocqueville Step- Up program? We’ve been blessed to be a small part of such a great community, and both understand and embrace our responsibility to proactively address the health, educational and income opportunities of those in need. And while we have a passion to help, we lack an understanding of exactly where the greatest needs are and how to best address those needs – two things that the United Way clearly understands.
Any other comments you want to add about your connection to United Way? While many donors may have their own special interests in the community, we can think of no other organization that takes a more holistic look at the overall needs of our community and distills those needs into an easily understood menu for us as donors. Not only do they understand the needs of the area, but they’ve long since developed a reputation as an organization that partners with area agencies to develop solutions that really “move the needle” with respect to those needs. In essence, they do the heavy lifting for potential donors to most effectively marry resources to those who need those resources.
We wish to thank Jeff & Missy for their commitment to United Way. You too can become a Tocqueville Step Up member with United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties.