Recently, I had the chance to meet with some great community volunteers who take time out of their busy schedules to make a difference.

These volunteers are leaders in their organizations and in our community. They work hard to help their coworkers and colleagues make a difference by donating time and financial resources to causes that they are passionate about.

These United Way campaign leaders came together recently to be recognized for their service and to learn from each other at our Campaign Leaders Luncheon.

As I talked with these volunteers, many of whom represented organizations who have been long-term supporters of United Way, I was inspired by their commitment. Whether they have been partners for a long time or whether they are at the start of their partnership, all of them are dedicated to helping us make an impact in our community. Today, I’d like to introduce some of them to you.

We are fortunate to have strong corporate partners in our community. Many of them were represented at the Campaign Leaders Luncheon. Representatives from Utah Community Credit Union, Zions Bank, Costco, Intermountain Healthcare, Nestle, Xactware, JCPenney and the Daily Herald came to show their support for our community. Other attendant partners, including BYU, Wasatch Mental Health, and our three local school districts (Alpine, Nebo and Provo) have also been strong contributors to our work.

The master of ceremonies at the event was Ethan Shumway, communications director for Utah Valley Hospital. He has been a great support of United Way over the past few years, and spoke to participants about how corporate campaigns can impact our community for the better.

“I’m a big advocate for United Way,” Shumway said. “Having spent time in partner organizations and with community members who benefit from United Way’s programs and funding, it’s clear United Way is making a difference and it must continue to succeed. This happens through giving – from businesses, their employees and community members alike. Working together with United Way, we can make a difference.”

One of the dedicated attendees at the luncheon was Steve Anderson, director of community and government relations at Utah Valley University. Utah Valley University is a significant member of our local community, and they have been strong partners of our work here at United Way for several years.

“Utah Valley University is an engaged institution and as such, we look for ways for our employees to have the ability to give back to the community through volunteerism, but also by giving back financially through our annual Community Giving Campaign,” Anderson said. “The Campaign Leaders Luncheon helps us to learn the most effective strategies on how to efficiently raise much-needed funds for our local community.”

Another strong supporter of United Way corporate campaigns, and the way that donating funds can work together with volunteerism in order to make a difference, is Revere Health. This organization has been a strong supporter of United Way for over 25 years. Scott Barlow, CEO of Revere Health and the resource development chair of United Way of Utah County’s Board of Directors, is a staunch advocate of our community.

When asked why Revere Health is such a dedicated partner, Barlow explained, “We support the United Way campaign because it gives our workforce the chance to contribute and to support a variety of grassroots, local community programs.

“Whatever a person is passionate about, United Way has something to offer as a way to truly make a difference. [We can make] a difference in the lives of people in the local community, and that adds purpose to what Revere Health is all about, helping people to live better lives.”

Leaders like Ethan, Steve, Scott, and the dozens of other campaign leaders in local organizations sacrifice a great deal of their personal time and resources in order to help each of us find ways to make a difference. They understand that many of our community’s challenges can be made better when generous donors give of their financial resources, as well as their time. Their willingness to share their own experience and to inspire others to give is truly remarkable.

I am continually inspired by volunteers like these campaign leaders who understand how to strengthen their impact by giving both of their time and their financial resources. Thanks to them and hundreds of other volunteers and donors, our community is stronger. Our community is more vital and more resilient. And by working together, we can all help make sure that our community stays vibrant for decades to come.