September 18, 2017
United Way launches program for emerging community leaders
AUGUSTA – United Way of Kennebec Valley (UWKV) has launched an Emerging Leaders Society to recognize and celebrate local people for their combined charitable efforts. Membership is open to individuals who make an annual gift of $400 or more to United Way and commit to volunteering in their community.
UWKV partners with 50 local programs to provide a better quality of life for people experiencing emergencies, hardships and personal challenges in Kennebec Valley.
“Giving back is more than just writing a check,” said Michael Tardiff of J.S. McCarthy Printers, who serves as society chair. “The best leaders I know are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get involved.”
Members commit to volunteering for a minimum of 10 hours per year and track hours through UWKV’s VolunteerME Kennebec Valley online portal. This platform connects individuals with local volunteer opportunities posted by nonprofit organizations. Over time, volunteers can use the website to track volunteer hours that have been obtained through the website and beyond.
“Maybe you serve on a nonprofit board, help out at your church, or pitch in when you can at community events,” Tardiff said. “However you choose to give back, we want to recognize you through United Way.”
Members have access to exclusive volunteer opportunities, networking events, public recognition and interactions with community and business leaders. A New Member Reception will be held on Oct. 12 at a private home in Augusta, and interested individuals are encouraged to join before that date to ensure participation.
For more information or to join ELS, visit uwkv.org/els.
Pictured: Emerging Leaders Society Chair Michael Tardiff (left) and his brother Matthew of J.S. McCarthy Printers with MaineGeneral's Chelsea Moeller.
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