Constellation Delivers Results Through Leadership and...Ice Cream!
Constellation knows a lot about leadership. And they certainly know how to inspire their people to step up and step out to help others in need.
Corporate relations manager and United Way of Central Maryland campaign coordinator Rachel Duncan believes Constellation’s success in exceeding their campaign goals this year was predicated largely on leadership, a healthy spirit of competition and…ice cream.
Believing in the motivating power of competition, Rachel’s campaign team designed and implemented the first-ever “Constellation Community Challenge,” which inspired each of ten business units to compete to earn $2,500 and $5,000 in donations to charities of their choice by logging the most volunteer hours and having the highest participation rates in the United Way campaign. The hunch that this might serve to increase engagement from their employees proved to be quite right.
We have a lot to celebrate as we kick off the New Year. On behalf of all of us here at United Way, thank you for all that you do to help us change the odds for so many central Maryland families in need.
Nearly everyone believes that education is the pathway out of poverty. Becoming a parent while still a teenager can nip dreams of completing high school and moving along to college or attaining a professional certification in a trade.
One of the most special things we celebrated in 2014 is the new United Way Family Center that opened in October at Ben Franklin High School in the Brooklyn/Curtis Bay community. Through the center, we’re changing the odds by aiming to make higher education more attainable for teen parents in Baltimore.
More than 35 years ago, a young banker named Donald Kohlhafer made his first pledge to United Way of Central Maryland during his workplace’s annual campaign. Since then, Don and his wife, Maura, have been steadfast supporters of United Way’s work with donations of their time, talent and treasure, and recently decided to take their commitment one step further by becoming legacy donors. The Kohlhafers recently shared with us what prompted them to make this investment and what the process was like.
Q: Why do you support United Way of Central Maryland?
A: The needs in our community are so great…overwhelming at times. One only needs to listen in briefly to the calls coming in to United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline to understand the magnitude of issues faced by families in this region. Maura and I realize that we are both truly blessed and hence have a responsibility to give back in some small way. There are so many families out there that are desperately in need of a helping hand, and I can’t think of a more effective and efficient fundraiser than United Way. They truly are helping to change the odds for families facing poverty.
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