Campaign Associate Lizzie Heaney initially joined UWGLA’s movement to Create Pathways Out of Poverty for all Angelenos by participating in the organization’s Loaned Executive Program. Below, she discusses what this unique experience meant to her and the community as a whole.
Please tell us a little bit about why you decided to participate in United Way’s Loaned Executive program.
Twelve fateful years ago, I was selected to represent the Department of Motor Vehicles as a Loaned Executive. I was so impressed with UWGLA’s work and the sense of accomplishment that comes from being part of this great organization that, since retiring in 2006, I’ve returned every year to work as a seasonal Campaign Associate.
In your opinion, what does our mission to Create Pathways Out of Poverty mean for the residents of this community?
It is an incredible opportunity for the people of Los Angeles County in many ways: We improve the educational system for our students and give them the power to fulfill their dreams. Our financial stability programs restore people’s dignity and self-respect while helping them become self-sufficient. And through the Home for Good initiative, we’re providing the County’s homeless population with a safe place to call home.
Describe a typical workday at United Way.
Each day here is unique and special; it offers a new chance to reach out to others, whether it’s a state agency or the private sector, to share our mission statement and the amazing things we’ve achieved with their support.
What would you say to someone who’s interested in becoming a Loaned Executive?
I would encourage anyone who’s given the chance to become an LE to take it – it’s the experience of a lifetime! It’s a fun, challenging and extremely rewarding adventure. You get to visit our partner organizations and meet the real people behind the statistics. There is no greater feeling in the world than knowing you’ve made a difference!
United Way is working hard to improve the overall quality of life in L.A. County with the help of its community heroes. If you were a real superhero, what would your superpower be?
The ability to open people’s hearts and minds so that they will donate to United Way at the leadership level and truly become someone’s hero!
*For more info on the Loaned Executive Program, please click here.