This week United Way of Hunterdon County volunteers will be engaged in an old-fashioned telethon to raise money for our organization. For many, the idea that United Way has to raise funds just like any other nonprofit comes as a surprise. It may come as a surprise to you now. But the fact is that we rely on individual donations to fuel our work in the community. One of the volunteers who will be leading the telethon also wanted to send a letter to fellow volunteers to make them aware of our ongoing need for individual supporters. Here is what she shared:
Written for the United Way by Stephen Harris
By Bonnie Duncan
CEO, United Way of Hunterdon County
By Stephen Harris for the United Way
Charitable organizations, like the United Way, are always looking for enjoyable and innovative ways to raise awareness and funds. Few events attract charitable giving like golf. The green grass and warm weather bring out the fun competitive spirit and golf is a natural for attracting local players and business.
We asked our CEO, Bonnie Duncan to share her thoughts on the importance of leadership development through board building and how they are mutually beneficial.
A few words on Valentine's Day from Rachel Eichem our Director of Development
Every February 14, people across the world exchange candy, flowers and gifts with their loved ones. It is considered by many to be the best day to express your love and care for that special someone or the one you love.
It is also the perfect day to thank those who support you, care for you, and keep you strong.
By Stephen Harris for the United Way of Hunterdon County
Contributed by Lacy Phelps- member, Community Resource Investment & Strategic Planning committee
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
I have a passion for helping individuals reach their full potential and that is why I do EVERYTHING I do. This is why I became a Financial Advisor and, also, why I’m involved in the United Way of Hunterdon County’s (UWHC) THRIVE program, which helps individuals obtain jobs with good wages, safe and affordable housing, and financial stability.
By Rachel Eichem, Resource Development Director
The frustration that comes with writing a donor appeal letter is that you know right off the bat that a few things are going to happen. One, the reader is going to give it a quick scan and decide in about 3 seconds if it is worth any more of their time. Two, they are going to hone in on that P.S. you have ended with and rate your entire letter from that one sentence. It’s the post-script that your whole message lives and dies by.
The Holiday season is a wonderful time of buying gifts for family and friends, and stretching those limits on our credit cards. It can also be time of great stress for many. Did you know there are several studies that point to a higher level of happiness when giving to charitable causes? Giving has been proven to be good for your self-esteem. The joy of sharing, of caring.