Testimonies…. samples provided below:
As they say, “The Proof is in the Pudding”. Just a few of the many appreciative local United Ways who have let UWRA know what an impact was made on their community by your UWRA Service Corps.
The Mentoring Program has been very helpful to myself and the board in our transition to becoming a Community Impact United Way. Even though we are behind in the process, the mentor really helped in clarifying some of the terminology and issues we face.
It is a challenge to figure out which “balls” should be in the air, keep those “balls” in the air, and decide which “balls” my predecessor dropped and get them going again. My mentor helped me decide what’s important – keeping me healthy. He has great UW system knowledge and tips. There is just so much to do.
Outstanding quality, highly relevant. I wish all United Way professionals, both active and retired would view this. I think this could be a good opportunity for United Way volunteer leaders to learn about the issues and develop better policies in this area. Thanks to all the presenters for their time and talent.
Crisis Response…. UWRA members have stepped in and assisted United Ways when their communities have encountered some type of crisis situation:
At the time that Hurricane Floyd stormed into North Carolina, I had been Executive Director of the Beaufort County United Way for only two month. I was unaware of your organization or the fact that one of your member, Don Sanders, would come to our aid and provide valuable insight and direction regarding the saving of our ‘99/2000 Campaign. Through one of my many phone calls I made to Jim Morrison, Executive Director of the United Way of North Carolina, I learned that Don Sanders, retiree from Central Carolina United Way in Charlotte, had volunteered to assist us and would be coming here to assess our situation. Don spent two days here; meeting with me, our campaign chairman and leadership giving committee. During that time he correctly assessed that our greatest opportunity for this year’s campaign was through leadership giving. Following his advice, we gave greater emphasis to that category and it showed a 22%increase over last year’s campaign even though all other categories were down 32%from the previous year. Don also helped us establish our strategy for the next campaign as we laid the groundwork within the leadership giving division. We are ery grateful to Don and his wife who accompanied him and put his recommendations into printable form. TO him and to the United Way Retirees Association, a very big Thank you!
During the 1999/2000 campaign, our community suffered the flood of the century. Additionally, being new to Lenoir County United Way, I entered into this campaign on a learning curve. With these two factors in place, having Gene Berres’ assistance was so appreciated. Mr. Berres arrived, observed our situation, then began assisting and offering suggestions to put us back on track, Mr. Berres wrote his observations and suggestions so that we could refer to them as needed. With great sincerity, I thank not only Gene, the United Way Retiree Association, for providing help when it was so needed. Again, thank you for being there when we needed you.
As a small United Way in a poverty stricken area, we were overwhelmed by this occurrence [flooding disaster in southeastern Kentucky], but thanks to the UWA team, who sent Jim Settle (a retired Executive Director) to help us sort our priorities, survey the situation, and give us some encouragement, we were able to complete the initial phase of the crisis.