Devren Purdie currently is a double major in Business Management and Management Information Systems and is a sophomore at RIT. Without services offered through Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, a United Way funded agency, he wouldn't have been able to come to RIT and fit into the community.
He received a scholarship through Hillside, which enabled him to start to transition smoothly into college and start a successful college career. Currently, he is a H.E.O.P. mentor on campus, and he also returns to Hillside to work with some of the children in the program. Being able to support others is very important to Devren in terms of giving back – it’s something he really looks forward to doing.
According to Devren, “United Way can pretty much help in any aspect of life. That's a good reason to give. I'm an example of what a donation looks like.”