11-08-2022 · Cole Society

Tell us about your role at United Way of Greater Atlanta.

I am the Assistant Director of Cole and Retention, which means I am part of the Major Gifts team in the Office of Development. I will be creating and running Cole Exchange events and volunteer opportunities. I will also be getting to know y’all, keeping in touch, and being your go- to gal on all things United Way of Greater Atlanta.

What is the best way to get in contact with you, if I have questions about my Cole Society membership?

You can email me at knewman@unitedwayatlanta.org, or you can call me at (404) 614-1040. I am very excited to hear from y’all and get some ideas and feedback, so don’t hesitate to reach out!

What Cole Exchange event are you planning right now?

I am putting together a Cole Exchange volunteer opportunity with HOPE Atlanta for November 29, 2022! HOPE Atlanta seeks to help Georgians avoid homelessness and hunger through a comprehensive approach that equips them with the tools for lifelong stability. Volunteers will prepare and serve meals for 30-40 food-insecure women and children. Please register for the event at Onsite Meal Prep & Serve at HOPE Atlanta | United Way of Greater Atlanta (unitedwayatlanta.org) Can’t wait to see y’all there!

What inspires you to Live United?

Frankly, I had a very hard childhood. I grew up very poor, at times homeless, food insecure, and abused. Sometimes you can try as hard as you can on your own, and you will still be unable to climb out of a hole like that. The only real and lasting way that we can grow as individuals and as a collective is through community efforts. I know that I relied on my community for many things that I desperately needed to succeed including food, schooling, housing, and safety, and I am a firm believer that without that help I would not be the person I am today. My passion in life is giving other folks the same chance that I’ve been given, to live, to learn, and to grow into a healthy, successful, well-adjusted person.

What is your favorite piece of advice?

Be kind to yourself. Life is a journey, not a destination. Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.