07-24-2020 · Cole Society

What inspires you to Live United? What prompted you to get involved with United Way?

Initially I learned that my company held an annual United Way campaign; and the reasons why Enterprise supported the mission was that we believed in giving back to our communities. Our Founding Values speak to supporting the Community that we work and live in and why it matters both professionally and personally to invest in the health and overall wellbeing of everyone. Ever since that initial conversation 23 years ago, I have been involved through volunteerism and my annual pledge as I truly believe we all win when our most vulnerable populations are supported by outreach and programming.

What aspect of United Way’s work in the community are you most passionate about supporting?

Honestly, I’ve been the most involved with the efforts to address the Homeless populations here in Atlanta. The 5am Street to Home outreach is something I regularly attend and invite my colleagues and friends.  Once they witness another person’s life in that “light” they are forever changed. They recognize how fragile and vulnerable life can be for many. No one should ever feel castaway and forgotten and that is why I’ve been so involved with this area of United Way.

Why is philanthropy important to you? What other community organizations are you apart of? 

I grew up in a single parent household and feel very blessed to have been involved with many significant mentors throughout my life, including my mom. I don’t think there is any greater or more fulfilling emotion than the one you receive from giving back; that is truly when lives are changed.

What is your favorite quote? 

I never lose. I either win or learn. – Nelson Mandela