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Make the most of your passions and talents with the United Way Community Impact Leadership Institute

Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person events and activities for the Community Impact Leadership Institute have been canceled through May.

However, we would like to offer our leaders some virtual opportunities that will allow you to continue to serve and engage your community while practicing social distancing. We invite you to support those around you that have been affected by this crisis during these new and rapidly changing times.

Here are some ideas to help you complete your Community Impact Leadership Institute certificate requirement and earn a total of 20 points by the end of May 2020:

  • Register online for a United Way COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunity (1 point)
  • Create and complete your own idea for a Community Impact Act of Kindness (4 points)
  • Run a micro campaign at your workplace to support United Way’s 211 Helpline or the COVID-19 Community Fund (4 points)
  • Donate blood to the American Red Cross (4 points)
  • Donate COVID-19 in-kind services or items (these may include includes space, food, transportation, supplies, and skill-based volunteering) (4 points)
  • Donate to a local food bank (3 points)
  • Have your children create thank you videos or cards for frontline workers (3 points)
  • Run errands for an elderly family member, friend or neighbor (3 points)
  • Call Senior Centers to speak with lonely residents/deliver notes (3 points)

Please send any pictures, videos or communications of your activity to earn the designated points towards your Community Impact Leadership Institute certificate requirement. In order for your points to be counted, you must email your proof of completion to Amber.Drenner@uwcm.org. If you have any questions at all, please contact Amber Drenner, Senior Relationship Manager.

We also encourage you to share your inspiring acts with others by posting on social media and tagging the United Way of Central Maryland (@unitedwaycentMD). You can use these hashtags: #LIVEUNITED and #UWCM.

Those participants that have reached a total of 20 points will be notified by email and sent completion certificates over the summer. More details to come.

CLICK HERE FOR UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Only 20 points needed for Community Impact Leader certification!

NOTE: Webinars can be completed at any time – check previous months for live links.

For more information: Kari.Staddon@uwcm.org, 410-895-1473

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What Is The Community Impact Leadership Institute?

An eclectic series of dynamic, timely, eye-opening, and fun events and experiences that will power personal, professional, and community change:

  • Experiential and immersive activities
  • Webinars to expand your social impact savvy
  • Lively presentations and panels on trending issues
  • Hands on, roll-up-your-sleeves volunteering events
  • Social and networking events

Graduates of the Institute receive a certificate and public recognition of their work.

Who Runs It?

Topnotch local and national leaders and gamechangers from a variety of backgrounds who will expand your worldview, ignite your curiosity, and energize you to reimagine and redefine your world.

What does it cost?

Absolutely nothing! There’s no charge for the events and the benefits are enormous—for you, for your neighborhood, for your workplace, and for our world.

Why join?

  • Create positive and measurable change where you live and where you work
  • Become more visible in your community and in your workplace
  • Be a part of a problem-solving, peer network dedicated to doing good
  • Connect, share ideas, and create a better future for yourself, your community, your workplace

It is not too late to join. This is an awesome opportunity to learn more about what is happening—and what needs to happen—so that all people in our region have the access and the opportunity to live their best lives.

INSTITUTE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

AUGUST 2019

Community Impact Leadership Institute Kickoff – August 6
Learn from area leaders who share your commitment to making the world a better place. Find out more about the important role of a Community Impact Leader and how to effectively lead in your organization.
5 points

Back to School Brigade – August 1-26
Host a backpack and school supply drive at your workplace and/or volunteer to stuff backpacks and distribute them to elementary school students at area schools.
3 points

SEPTEMBER 2019

In Their Own Words – September 11
Breakfast panel discussion with County Executives from Howard, Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties.
3 points

Understanding ALICE Webinar – September 19
In 2018, United Way released the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Report, which showed that 38% of working families and individuals in Maryland can’t afford the basic necessities of life. This 30-minute virtual meeting will detail challenges faced by these residents in our region. Webinar can be completed at any time. Login here for webinar recording.
2 points

Volunteer Event at First Fruits Farm – September 14, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Family-friendly harvesting event for area families in need of fresh, healthy food.
1 point

Ravens Huddle for 100 – September 23
NFL fans are invited to join players and teams in collectively donating 100 million minutes of time to the community. Each fan to donate 100 minutes to the cause that’s most important to them and log the time with their favorite team.
2 points

Tips for a Successful Workplace Campaign Webinar – September 26
In this 30-minute virtual meeting, professional fundraisers will share best practices for running a successful workplace fund­raising campaign. Webinar can be completed at any time. Login here for webinar recording.
1 point

211 Call Listening Session – M-F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Spend 30-60 minutes listening to our 24/7 health and human services helpline that assists people throughout central Maryland.
2 points

OCTOBER 2019

How to Ignite Change in the Vibrant Non-Profit Sector – October 25,  1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Did you know Maryland is home to over 32,000 nonprofit organizations and employs ten percent of the workforce? And, people like you contribute more than 1.3 million volunteer hours to these types of organizations. Join us for an interactive webinar that explores the size and scope of nonprofit and philanthropic sector in the region, how nonprofits typically operate, and the vital role that United Way plays in supporting area nonprofit organizations. You’ll leave the webinar with new insights about nonprofit sector as well as options for igniting change in United Way-related organizations. The webinar is led by Heather Carpenter, who previously ran community-based nonprofit organizations, and is currently Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management and Business at Notre Dame of Maryland University. NDMU offers bachelors, certificates and master’s degrees in Leadership and Management, Nonprofit Management, and Philanthropy. View webinar documents.
1 point

Leaders On Tap — October 29, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Come tap into a night of fun, networking and giving back at Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, the only one of its kind in the United States! Whether you are part of Emerging Leaders United, Leaders United, Women United or the Tocqueville Society, come enjoy some great beer and get to know your fellow leaders. Volunteer on site to assemble housewarming kits for families who were formerly homeless. Your registration fee goes towards items for household items for the kits. 5001 Washington Boulevard, Halethorpe. Register today!
2 points

211 Call Listening Session — M-F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Spend 30-60 minutes listening to our 24/7 health and human services helpline that assists people throughout central Maryland.  Please contact Brandi.Nieland@uwcm.org to schedule a time, and note that you are part of the Community Impact Leadership Institute.
2 points

NOVEMBER 2019

Veterans Treatment Court Observation — November 5, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
In honor of Veterans’ Day, observe the court proceedings for veterans enrolled in this transformative United Way program, plus learn more about United Way of Central Maryland’s Mission United initiatives. You do not need to attend the full day.
Location: Glen Burnie District Courthouse, 7500 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD 2106
2 points

United Way Ben Center tour — November 8
The award-winning Ben Center provides a wide array of services, resources, and support for children and families in South Baltimore. Come learn more about the United Way Ben Center and tour the on-site Family Center for student-parents, including the brand-new playground.
Location: Benjamin Franklin High School, 1201 Cambria St, Brooklyn Park, MD 21225
2 points

Changemaker Challenge — November 11, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Finalists present their innovative ideas benefitting those in Howard County to solve pressing social issues. $60,000 in awards presented to four winners.
Location: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Room K215, Laurel, MD 20723
3 points

Veterans Treatment Court Observation — November 12, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
In honor of Veterans’ Day, observe the court proceedings for veterans enrolled in this transformative United Way program, plus learn more about United Way of Central Maryland’s Mission United initiatives. You do not need to attend the full day.
Location: Eastside District Court, 1400 E. North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21213
2 points

In Their Own Words — November 13
Breakfast panel discussion with Innovation and Excellence in Education Commission Chair Dr. William Kirwan.
3 points

Giving Tuesday webinar — Friday, November 15th, 1:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
Presented by Jamie McDonald, Founder & CEO of Generosity Inc. and member of Giving Tuesday’s global leadership team focusing on strategy and scale. Jamie’s mission is to spur people to give, act and innovate on behalf of communities and causes. Learn the genesis of Giving Tuesday, how to get involved in Giving Tuesday and incorporate it into your United Way campaign. Login here for webinar recording.
2 points

Benjamin Franklin High School Mock Interviews — November 20, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sign up for various 1.75 hour sessions. United Way volunteers will hold mock interview sessions with high school seniors to prepare students for a job or college interview. Students will have recently completed a unit on resume writing, and this event will give them an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills. We are seeking a diverse group of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds to work one-on-one with students. Each volunteer will participated in a brief training session and meet with several students.
2 points 

211 Call Listening Session — M-F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Spend 30-60 minutes listening to our 24/7 health and human services helpline that assists people throughout central Maryland.  Please contact Brandi.Nieland@uwcm.org to schedule a time, and note that you are part of the Community Impact Leadership Institute.
2 points

DECEMBER 2019

Giving Tuesday — December 3
Let us know what your organizatin is doing for Giving Tuesday by sending a description of your event and photo to kari.staddon@uwcm.org. Be sure to tag us on your social media platforms.
2 points

Emerging Leaders United Influencer Series – December 4, 6 p.m. -8 p.m.
Topic: Central Maryland’s Affordable Housing Crisis
Location: Motor House, 120 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201
Our Emerging Leaders United Influencer Speaker Series brings together dynamic social, community, and business leaders to share their insights and lessons learned on their personal and professional journeys. Guest presenters will include Scott Gottbreht, UWCM, Adam Schneider, University of Maryland School of Social Work, and Lawanda Williams, Health Care for the Homeless.
2 points

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity — December 11, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Kick off the holiday season by making cards and filling stockings for children in need in Central Maryland.
Location: United Way of Central Maryland, 1800 Washington Blvd, Ste. 340, Baltimore, MD 21230
2 points

211 Call Listening Session — M-F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Spend 30-60 minutes listening to our 24/7 health and human services helpline that assists people throughout central Maryland. Please contact Brandi.Nieland@uwcm.org to schedule a time, and note that you are part of the Community Impact Leadership Institute.
1 point

JANUARY 2020

Philanthropy and Technology webinar — January 10
Learn about United Way’s digital solutions to inform, connect, and engage individuals to volunteer or donate to causes they care most about.

1 point

Docket for Homeless Persons observation — January 14, 2 p.m. – 4p.m. Eastside District Court, 14 E. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213
The goal of this program is to remove criminal charges that can prevent those who are experiencing homelessness from obtaining housing and employment.
2 points

Project Homeless Connect — January 23
United Way convenes service providers for a full day in Harford County to assist those experiencing homelessness. Volunteers are needed throughout the day.
2 points

Docket for Homeless Persons Observation — January 23, 2 p.m. – 4p.m. Eastside District Court, 14 E. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213
The goal of this program is to remove criminal charges that can prevent those who are experiencing homelessness from obtaining housing and employment.
2 points

Emerging Leaders United Wine in the Winter — January 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Haven Street Ballroom, 1 N Haven Street, Baltimore, MD 21224
Join our Emerging Young Leaders United members for this popular annual networking event.
2 points

211 Call Listening Session — M-F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Spend 30-60 minutes listening to our 24/7 health and human services helpline that assists people throughout central Maryland. Please contact Brandi.Nieland@uwcm.org to schedule a time, and note that you are part of the Community Impact Leadership Institute.
1 point

FEBRUARY 2020

Walk A Mile experience — February 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: 
United Way of Central Maryland, Montgomery Park, 1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 340, Baltimore, MD 21230
Walk a Mile is an immersive activity that illustrates in a personal and unforgettable way the struggles those in poverty face. Click on the link above for more information and to register.
3 points

211 Call Listening Session — M-F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Spend 30-60 minutes listening to our 24/7 health and human services helpline that assists people throughout Central Maryland. Please contact Suzanne.Poandl@uwcm.org to schedule a time, and note that you are part of the Community Impact Leadership Institute.
2 points

MARCH 2020

Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology Tour — Friday, March 20, 10:00-11:30 am
701 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202 CANCELLED
An up-close look at United Way’s collaboration on the FISH (Feeding Individuals to Support Health) project. 2 points

Be a HERo: Women’s History Month Volunteer Opportunities — March 3
Join other women at a variety of events centered around women and women causes. 2 points
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Student Progress Conversations  — March 10, 11,12
Maree G. Farring Elementarty School, 300 Pontiac Ave, Baltimore, MD 21225
Volunteers are needed for Student Progress Conversations with students in our On Track 4 Success program, now operating in four area schools.  A diverse group of volunteers and Spanish speakers needed. 2 points

(CANCELLEDMarch Madness — March 25
Join us in one of our partner schools as we help students with a basketball hoop STEM challenge. 2 points

(CANCELLED) 2-1-1 Call Listening Session — M-F 9am – 4pm
Spend 30-60 minutes listening to our 24/7 health and human services helpline that assists people throughout Central Maryland. Please contact Suzanne.Poandl@uwcm.org to schedule a time, and note that you are part of the Community Impact Leadership Institute. 2 points

APRIL 2020

(CANCELLEDUnited Way Ben Center tour — April 17
The award-winning Ben Center provides a wide array of services, resources, and support for children and families in South Baltimore. Come learn more about the United Way Ben Center and tour the on-site Family Center for student-parents, including the brand-new playground.
Location: Benjamin Franklin High School, 1201 Cambria St, Brooklyn Park, MD 21225
2 points
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

(CANCELLED) Spring Day of Action — April 22
Volunteer week will include a Spring Day of Action with projects throughout Central Maryland. Stay tuned for more details!

(CANCELLED) Emerging Leaders United Influencer Series — TBD
Our Emerging Leaders United Influencer Speaker Series brings together dynamic social, community, and business leaders to share their insights and lessons learned on their personal and professional journeys.
2 points

(CANCELLED) 211 Call Listening Session — M-F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Spend 30-60 minutes listening to our 24/7 health and human services helpline that assists people throughout Central Maryland. Please contact Suzanne.Poandl@uwcm.org to schedule a time, and note that you are part of the Community Impact Leadership Institute.

MAY 2020

(CANCELLED) Women United Forum — May 6, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Produced by members of United Way’s Women United membership group, this event brings nationally renowned speakers to help spur positive, meaningful change in our region. This year’s keynote speaker is Stephanie Land, economic justice advocate and best-selling author of Maid.
Location: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, MD 21202
5 points
REGISTER HERE

(POSTPONED) Community Impact Leader awards ceremony — Date TBD. Check back later for more details!
2 points

(CANCELLED) 211 Call Listening Session — M-F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Spend 30-60 minutes listening to our 24/7 health and human services helpline that assists people throughout central Maryland. Please contact Suzanne.Poandl@uwcm.org to schedule a time, and note that you are part of the Community Impact Leadership Institute.
2 points

The Community Impact Leadership Institute is a partnership between United Way of Central Maryland and the Business and Economics Department at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Notre Dame of Maryland University helps men and women develop into socially responsible leaders through graduate degrees and stackable certificates in Leadership & Management, Nonprofit Management, and Philanthropy.



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