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How Does the United Way Make an Impact in the Charlottesville Area?

I recently noticed that one of our blog posts from February 2009, titled “What  Does the United Way DO?” is viewed at least once a day by someone in the world. While I realize the post is uniquely about United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area (read it and you’ll see what I mean), what that statistic means to me is we are blessed with strong positive brand recognition but people are still a little fuzzy on the details.

So, occasionally we like to give a snapshot of what we are up to. This week I looked at our office Outlook calendar in which staff are supposed to list the meetings that they are attending out of the office or that are taking place in our conference room.

It is a very instructive and simple way to see how many different ways our work impacts our community. Here are our meetings in no particular order:

Shelter for Help in Emergency – helps victims of domestic violence.

International Rescue Committee (IRC) – we are working with them to offer free tax preparation to their clients who are refugees from war-torn countries.

Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit/Business Council

Weekly Appearance on the Joe Thomas in the Morning Show on 1260 AM and 107.5 FM

Creciendo Juntos – a coalition of local nonprofits serving the Latino community

Community Children’s Dental Center

OAR/Jefferson Area Community Corrections

Women United

Jefferson Area CHIP – helping train their in-home case workers to provide financial literacy information to families

United Way Program Review and Funding Committee

Charlottesville Area Association of Volunteer Administrators

Leadership Charlottesville project team

And those are just the meetings that made it on to the office-wide calendar!

Maybe the question should be “What does the United Way NOT do?”


Posted by Kim Connolly

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