Campaign Associate Zach Sanchez initially joined UWGLA’s movement to Create Pathways Out of Poverty for all Angelenos by participating in the organization’s Loaned Executive Program. Below, he discusses what this unique experience meant to him and the community as a whole.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself and why you decided to participate in United Way’s Loaned Executive program.
I had previously worked in Afghanistan for the University of Maryland which held a broad range of face-to-face college courses at several deployed locations for servicemen and women interested in furthering their education. I heard about the LE program from a friend and thought it’d be a great opportunity to advance my professional career while learning more about one of the largest nonprofits around.
In your opinion, what does our mission to Create Pathways Out of Poverty mean for the residents of this community?
It brings about positive change and allows people of all backgrounds to collaboratively create a stronger community and empower those in need.
Describe a typical workday at United Way.
I would start my day off by checking e-mails and schedule changes, then prepping presentation materials and speaking on behalf of United Way at different venues to share the wonderful things we’ve been able to accomplish.
What was your most memorable or rewarding experience as a Loaned Executive?
Being able to reach out to people I wouldn’t have crossed paths with otherwise. I enjoyed being a catalyst for change and generating excitement about our work. My most memorable experience so far was hearing a Resident Ambassador from UWGLA partner Skid Row Housing Trust speak about how his life was changed by the programs we support.
What would you say to someone who’s interested in becoming a Loaned Executive?
It is such an incredible experience not only for professional but also for personal growth. I’ve had the privilege of working with people who’ve given me a brand new perspective on the community and the importance of volunteering, donating and getting involved with nonprofits.
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?
Teleportation - no explanation needed!
*For more info on the Loaned Executive Program, please click here.