United Way looking for loaned executives
The North Texas Area United Way is looking for “loaned executives” (L.E.s) for their annual workplace giving campaign.
Dr. David Barbosa, NTAUW’s campaign chair, said L.E.s are vital to the success of the United Way.
“We are recruiting 15 loaned executives this year, and this group alone will raise about 40 percent of the campaign goal,” he said.
The NTAUW serves Archer, Baylor, Clay, Cottle, Foard, Hardeman, Jack, Montague, Wichita, Wilbarger and Young counties. For more than 95 years they have worked to improve lives by tackling tough issues that make a lasting difference and create opportunities for greatness. The NTAUW is a member of the national United Way movement, which includes over 1,300 community-based United Way organizations, but they are also independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers.
Participating businesses in the Wichita Falls area can “loan” people to volunteer for the United Way campaign. These volunteers will coordinate workplace giving rallies and help businesses run employee-giving campaigns. These rallies allow employees to opportunity to support 16 agencies that the local United Way funds.
NTAUW President and CEO Matt Yell said, “Each year, community-minded employers commit to lending key personnel to serve as fundraisers during the annual campaign. Our deepest thanks go out to these businesses that provide a Loaned Executive.”
The L.E.s will attend a training session July 27-28 to prepare for the giving campaign. This training will consist of general information about the United Way, agency partners’ information, and understanding the important of the impact these funded agencies have on the community. L.E.s will also learn speaking and presentation skills. L.E.s volunteer one or two hours each week during the campaign season, which is August 15 through November 23.
Barbosa said businesses can support United Way in other ways such as sponsoring the cost of a temporary executive for $500 or by sponsoring the cost of providing the L.E. training this year for $3,000.
Agencies that receive United Way support this year include: Boys and Girls Clubs of Wichita Falls; Child Care Inc.; Communities in Schools; Helen Farabee Centers; Iowa Park Recreational Activity Center; Southside Youth Senter; YMCA; Zavala Hispanic; Cultural Initiative; Catholic Charities; Wichita Adult Literacy Council; Senior Citizens Activity Center of Burkburnett; THE Kitchen; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Habitat for Humanity; National Alliance on Mental Illness; and Teen Court of Wichita County.
Four L.E.s have already committed for this year’s campaign: Emily Pettijohn, Sawyer Printing and Promo; Mary Aranda, Mary Aranda Farmers Insurance; Kristina Polk, Hampton Inn; and Sam Pak, Ameriprise Financial.
Businesses who want to participate in the loaned executive program can contact Kathie Forehand-Chaddick, United Way Director of Resource Development, at 322-8638, ext. 25, or email at Kathie@ntauw.org. For more information about the NTA United Way visit www.ntauw.org.