Approximately 650 volunteers from across the Mid-South assembled at The Peabody hotel in downtown Memphis for United Way Keyworker Training this morning.
The session began with an opening assembly hosted by WMC TV Action News 5 meteorologist Ron Childers. The volunteers were welcomed and thanked by United Way General Campaign Chairman John Crowe, Chairman & CEO for Buckeye Technologies, Inc., who provided an overview of the day’s activities and the importance of supporting this year’s United Way fundraising drive.
Diana Fedinec from Shelby Residential and Vocational Services (SRVS) shared how gifts to United Way help her organization provide significant help to adults with developmental disabilities. Volunteers also learned that our friends in Organized Labor are supporting the campaign from David Dortch, President of USW Local 9-771 and a member of United Way’s Board of Directors.
United Way’s Senior Vice President of Community Engagement and Alignment, Regina Walker, and volunteer Lynn Doyle from Delta Medical Center shared how decisions about using donations to United Way are safeguarded and overseen by teams of people on allocations committees who examine budgets and want to see proven results.
Angela Woods, Executive Director of Girl Scouts Heart of the South, spoke about the availability of different campaign services that can be of tremendous help with fundraising drives. The volunteers also learned about information flyers, posters, booklets and other materials (many have been shared with you this month on the United Way News Center) and got a special sneak-peek at a “rough cut” of United Way’s new information video. This year’s film is narrated by Childers and produced by Running Pony Productions.
United Way wishes to give a special “thank you” to these great volunteers who facilitated classroom sessions today. Their leadership and support of our effort makes a community-wide difference for us all: