Mary Richter

Over 30 years of giving back to the community with United Way

“Any of us could be in a dire situation. United Way’s Tocqueville Society’s contributions truly improve lives.”

Born and raised in northern Pittsburgh, Mary Richter and her husband, Bill, have had many life experiences together, including exploring the world. Although the couple loves to travel, they returned to make Pittsburgh their home and have since made a dedicated effort to giving back to their community.

Mary has been contributing to United Way in some capacity for the last 30 years. As her career and community engagement progressed, she began to see that United Way is a crucial change-agent and funding source for so many organizations and people.

“It’s so rewarding to be part of a winning team that gives back so much to the community,” Mary reflected. “Over the years, I’ve watched many lives transform. Being part of that is a great feeling and sense of accomplishment.”

Mary balances a very busy schedule managing a successful career as a shareholder at Schneider Downs along with her community involvement. Since engaging with United Way of Southwestern PA, she has gotten involved with the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) and is currently chair of the Engagement Subcommittee and was formerly a co-chair for the Council. She increased her involvement with United Way a year and a half ago when she joined the Tocqueville Society.

“It’s so easy to help,” Mary said. “What reason could there possibly be for not participating in some way?”

Mary believes it is important for the community to recognize the impact United Way makes by supporting local organizations that measurably improve society. From providing needed services, to demonstrating fiscal responsibility, to creating opportunities for strong collaborations and encouraging volunteering, there is a place for everyone to make a difference with United Way.

“My time with Tocqueville has been a rollercoaster of exciting events. I’ve learned so much from participating and met great people. I can only hope that others will have the opportunity to learn and grow as I did, so they can make a difference as well,” Mary said.

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