The Shelter Group was the host of the 2011 Olympic Games -- the Shelter Olympics, that is. Employees gave it their all to take home the gold for UWCM by
competing in a series of team events and challenges, including a tricycle race (pictured).
This year, all the buzz was around a superhero theme. For the campaign kickoff, members of The Shelter Group’s UWCM Committee dressed up as the superheroes of their choice, each with their own name and “superpowers.”
“Each year, I know it’s going to be a fun campaign,” said Christina. “Everyone really gets involved and shows their spirit.”
In addition to leading her workplace campaign, Christina serves as a committee member of Emerging Leaders United, UWCM's group of young professionals who give at least $260 annually and are passionate about improving our community. Even before she stepped up to these leadership roles, she embraced the United Way spirit.
The 2010 campaign kickoff in particular was an eye-opener for Christina.
“I had no idea how far United Way’s work extended in the community,” she said. “Going on tours of some of the programs that UWCM funds and seeing the work firsthand made something just click inside me.”
While the focus of previous campaigns was more on fundraising competition, this year it has grown to raise awareness of UWCM's health and human service programs, including volunteerism opportunities. The Shelter Group participated in Day of Action in 2011 and 2012, actually overfilling volunteer spots in both years.
This year they shattered all expectations when employees were donated items for welcome baskets to deliver to families served by UWCM’s Family Stability Initiative. They ended up filling an entire minivan to the brim with donated items.
We’re curious to see what Christina and The Shelter Group will surprise us with next year. Whatever the theme may be, we are certain it will bring smiles in the workplace and to those The Shelter Group is helping serve in the community.