What I Learned at United Way Worldwide’s 2012 CLC (Part Two)

What I Learned at United Way Worldwide’s 2012 CLC (Part Two)

Earlier this month, United Way staff members from across the globe convened in Nashville, Tennessee for the annual Community Leaders Conference to share ideas, celebrate accomplishments and see what lies ahead for the 125-year-old organization. Below, United Way of Greater L.A.'s Volunteer Services Manager Jessica Yas, a first-time attendee, recounts her experiences in Part Two of a two-part series.

Being in Nashville and networking with volunteer managers from around the country was just the beginning of my volunteer engagement journey during the Community Leaders Conference. There was so much to learn, and it was presented in so many different formats!

Over the next four days, I digested information in the form of lectures, inspirational videos, group discussions, “café roundtable sessions,” spotlight presentations, learning labs and so much more. I was also able to speak with volunteer teams from Detroit, Boston, Acadiana, Indianapolis and Alexandria/D.C., to name just a few. From all these wonderful resources, I had a few key takeaways regarding possibilities for the future of volunteer programming here at home:

  • Back-to-School Backpacks: this backpack-stuffing event could be chock full of United Way-branded goods (pads, pencils, pens, notebooks, etc.). Photos of volunteers in UW T-shirts would create an opportunity to reflect on the experience. Plus, capturing contact info and following up ensures participants remain involved in other aspects of our education work.

  • Day of Action: some great ways to engage corporate and community partners in projects which help advance United Way's core mission include an employee “jeans day,” where people wear LIVE UNITED T-shirts as well as “E-Days of Action,” where they help spread the word about our work through email and social media.

Overall, the CLC introduced me to activities that United Ways are testing out and developing all across the U.S. What I learned during my time there was interesting and constructive and I look forward to offering UWGLA’s supporters a lot of new and exciting volunteer opportunities in the coming year!

Click here to read Part One of the two-part series.


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