UPS’ Sergey Yefimov (center) recently participated in UWGLA’s Loaned Executive Program, doing his part to advance the organization’s core mission of Creating Pathways Out of Poverty for all Angelenos. Below, he discusses what this unique experience means 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 am a Hub Industrial Engineering Supervisor at UPS and among other things, I’m responsible for providing tools, training, methods certification and assistance to support the implementation of our business plan. I was selected as the 2012 United Way Workplace Campaign Coordinator for my department, then as a Loaned Executive shortly after. I’ve always believed that giving is the right thing to do and I know this organization builds a brighter future for millions of people in need.
In your opinion, what does our mission to Create Pathways Out of Poverty mean for the residents of this community?
It simply creates hope for a better tomorrow in those who feel they have nowhere else to turn.
Describe a typical workday at United Way.
It would start out with a visit to one of UWGLA’s partner organizations where I’d learn how they’re impacting our community and also have the privilege of sharing my experiences as well as info about our work. After returning to the office, I’d help the staff with company research, thank you letters, phone calls or any other administrative tasks before preparing for my next tour/presentation.
What was your most memorable or rewarding experience as a Loaned Executive?
My most memorable experiences were the tours of organizations supported by United Way such as L.A. Family Housing, the Boys and Girls Club and Skid Row Housing Trust, but the best part of the LE program was working with so many caring, smart and motivated UWGLA employees who are eager to make a real difference.
What would you say to someone who’s interested in becoming a Loaned Executive?
It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that no one can afford to miss. It’s an amazing and eye-opening experience which allows any participant to expand their horizons while becoming a more well-rounded employee and active member of the community.
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?
It would be the ability to cure any disease since, after all, “the greatest wealth is health.”
*For more info on the Loaned Executive Program, please click here.