Last Thursday morning hundreds of Mid-Southerners helping lead the 2013-14 United Way fundraising drive met at The Peabody in Memphis, TN for an information and training session to support the work of raising resources to improve local education, financial stability and health across our region.
The morning session was hosted by WMC TV 5 anchorman Joe Birch, a long-time supporter of United Way and of this particular training session.
Morning speakers included:
- General Campaign Chairman Bruce Hopkins from First Tennessee
- Scott Fountain from Baptist Memorial Health Care who is also a co-chairman of United Way’s Strategic Plan Implementation Committee
- Marlon Foster from Knowledge Quest, Inc.
- Cynthia Salem representing Maddona Learning Center
- Larry Jackson from the National Association of Letter Carriers representing organized labor
During the early morning session, the volunteers were thanked for their service by Hopkins and given an overview of United Way’s Strategic Plan and process of reinvention by Fountain. Foster and Salem provided a “hands-on-the-ground” view as they shared details of how supporting United Way impacts the lives of children their organizations work with every day. Jackson reminded the audience to remember that organized labor is a strong partner in the United Way movement.
Later-morning breakout sessions were focused on training and best practices for spreading the word about the fundraising drive, answering volunteer and community questions and getting key members involved in supporting the regional campaign.
We wish to thank the following volunteer leaders and facilitators for helping United Way with last week’s training session:
– Concetta Harris, Division of Fire Services
– Jay Hollingshed, Division of Fire Services
– Gray Carter, Buckeye Technologies
– Lisa Jenkins, Valero
– Glenn Hill, FedEx
– Steve Hill, FedEx
– Ryan Miller, FedEx