Monday, April 30, 2012

Working for the Family

What’s it like working for FamilyWize? 

Hmmmmm. Well, working period is a privilege in itself. But working for FamilyWize?

Here is a little background: Last May, I was proudly able to hang my Bachelor of Arts in Professional and Media Writing from East Stroudsburg University (ESU) next to my Associates in Liberal Arts from Northampton Community College (NCC).  

I thought by the time I graduated from community college, the field I wanted my career to be in would have targeted and tackled. Not the case. A few inklings were brewing and psychology was one. When I transferred to ESU and started on the psychology track, one of the classes required was quantitative statistics. After I would complete that class, there would be a handful more psychology-based math classes to come. I thought math’s wrath was escaped by completely knocking out all of my general education classes at NCC. After my first semester at ESU, I switched a major I felt comfortable with and had no absolutely no math associated to it—English. After taking a liking to journalism, I interned at a small newspaper in a neighboring town. 

At the same time I was interning, I was volunteering at the local Red Cross. I started covering stories that revolved around community service and non-profit organizations such as fundraisers and ribbon cuttings. I was quickly able to see the amount of energy, dedication, and selflessness those employees and volunteers had for a cause just because they simply care.  It just amazed me. Then, I had a revelation. 

When I was six, I wanted to be a veterinarian. When I was 11, I wanted to be a pediatric nurse. When I was 16, I wanted to be a psychologist. Even after receiving my bachelor’s degree, a microscopic part of me still doesn't know what I want to do. Looking back at all of the careers I had prematurely chosen, I now realize the positions all had one quality in common—to help people.

Working forFamilyWize allows me to help people every single day. By giving cards to family members, friends, and complete strangers; By calling a participating pharmacy to see how the program is going; By working with United Ways to coordinate the program—all that adds up to create an wonderful impact of  helping to reduce the disheartening statistic that more than one out of every five people has no prescription coverage.

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Pathway in Bethlehem, PA - Headquarters of
I get to carry on the philosophy that stronger, healthier and happier people make healthier, better communities and a stronger, gentler nation which was molded by FamilyWize’s founders, Dan and Susan Barnes. 

I get to help people. What a better job for me than to work for FamilyWize:)
Krysta W.


  1. Hey Krysta,

    It's fantastic to see that after being doubtful in regards to your career choice you've decided to help people for the better.

    The world needs more people who are as dedicated and helpful as you and the creator's of FamilyWize.

    Keep up the great work, it doesn't go un-noticed!


  2. This is an introduction to FamilyWize for me. I've never heard of the organization before. When I saw this post, I immediately went to the FamilyWize website to get even further information. Although my family and I have always had insurance through my husband's job, my sister is an artist who lives in a small community in New Mexico who has no insurance. I worry about her constantly. What if something happens? How will she pay for it?

    My sister is the perfect candidate for FamilyWize. As suggested on the website, I'm going to be sure to email my sister and give her this information.

    Krysta, I enjoyed reading your post, and I'd like to congratulate you on receiving not only one degree, but two. After reading about your journey through the various things you thought you wanted to be, I notice that they all have one basic theme - helping people. A veterinarian doesn't help people, but he or she helps animals. A pediatric nurse helps children. A psychologist helps children and adults. Inside of you is the gene to want to help animals or mankind. That's highly admirable. Many people enter the working world thinking only of themselves.

    What you are doing for FamilyWize is incredibly important. Like I've said, my sister has no health insurance. But she is not alone. I know far too many people who are self-employed or unemployed or underemployed and who have no health insurance. So how do they live? They live with their fingers crossed. They live hoping that nothing will happen to them.

    But the thing is, we are born, we grow, we age, and then we die. As we age, things can happen to our bodies, and if we don't take care of serious things, such as early warning signs of cancer and other deadly diseases, we die. It is extremely important, in my view, that every American citizen has health insurance. FamilyWize is doing their part to contribute to the goal of insuring American individuals.

    I appreciate that.

  3. Krysta,
    I'm so proud of you! I realize you wrote this specific post back in April, but I just read though everything you've blogged about and it's so great!

    I'm so glad I got to meet you during your time at the Red Cross, and I'm so happy you have found a job that you are enjoying. You're a wonderful woman and you will go far in life - that I am sure of!

    Keep helping others... it's a great quality to possess and it's something everyone should do more of.