Every year, the first fundraising drive in United Way of the Mid-South’s region-wide campaign takes place with the organization’s own employees.
“When you see the generous giving that takes place during our internal fundraising drive, you get a great idea of how dedicated our staff is to United Way’s work of improving local education, financial stability and health,” said Dave Skorupa, United Way’s VP of Communications.
Every member of the United Way staff is a Leadership Giver (donating $500 or more a year) and a few are Tocqueville Society members (giving $10,000 or more a year).
The UW employee campaign kicked off yesterday with a “luau” theme that saw staff wearing Hawaiian prints and flowery patterns. Island decorations helped give our boardroom a tropical feel, adding to the fun.
As an example of how a gift to United Way’s network impacts many important issues that are close to everyone’s heart, Barbara King, Executive Director of the Exchange Club Family Center shared how her organization helps provide healing and prevention in the area of domestic violence and child abuse.
The staff campaign will also feature games and activities before wrapping up with the announcement of the grand total on Friday afternoon. (A list of UW employees serving on the internal campaign committee appears at the end of this article.)
United Way staff also provided a donation of shirts to our friends at Shelby Residential and Vocational Services (SRVS) yesterday. United Way President Bryce Haugsdahl presented the shirts to Jeffrie Bruton, Executive Director of SRVS and several SRVS clients yesterday afternoon. Haugsdahl and Bruton also discussed the wonderful expansion work taking place at SRVS, which will allow the United Way partner agency to more comfortably and effectively serve Mid-South clients with mental and developmental challenges.
United Way’s internal campaign committee
Committee Members (alpha by last name):
And special thanks to our University of Memphis interns:
Korminique Pete and Arica Upshaw
(Note: Paul Smothers contributed to this story)