#WhyWednesday: Curtis Carter

“It’s important to me to get in, roll up my sleeves and volunteer.”

Curtis Carter is a customer engagement manager for Campus Management Corp. and a Young Professional Leaders (YPL) board member. Curtis found that volunteering through YPL gives him an opportunity to meet new people and serve his community. Today, hear why Curtis donates his time and talent to United Way!

United Way of Greater Atlanta Young Professional Leaders (YPL), is a compassionate, committed group of individuals on a mission to encourage the spirit of philanthropy. YPL members represent some of the top emerging leaders in Greater Atlanta, including Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 under 40,” as well as community and civic leaders. Chosen as one of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s five professional clubs for millennials, YPL is the group of choice for community-minded young people. In 2015, 1,335 members donated more than $1.9 million to United Way of Greater Atlanta. Join the YPL movement as they take ownership today of Atlanta’s tomorrow. For more information, contact ypl@unitedwayatlanta.org.

#WhyWednesday: Doug Hutcherson

For Doug Hutcherson, CEO of Lockton Partners, LCC Southeast and member of our Tocqueville Society, he wanted to make an impact in Greater Atlanta beyond writing a check. Today, hear why Doug got involved in our Street-to-Home program to combat homelessness—and to learn more about Doug and Lockton’s commitment to philanthropy, read our interview with him here.

In Greater Atlanta, more than 5,000 people are in shelters or on the street on any given night, most of whom are unable to access the support and services they need to help end their homelessness. Street-to-Home seeks to end homelessness through reunification with friends and families, obtaining permanent housing, and referrals to support programs, which led to stability.

#WhyWednesday: Belinda Walker

What inspires you to give back to your community? For State Farm Property & Casualty Underwriter, Belinda Walker, it was her commute to work every day that inspired her to take action and get involved!
Today, hear why Belinda serves on the Gwinnett Advisory Board and supports United Way of Greater Atlanta.

When you give to United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Child Well-Being Impact Fund, you get to have the biggest impact on communities. Covering multiple areas to help advance child well-being across Greater Atlanta, this fund is dedicated to ensuring lasting, collaborative solutions to the critical problems standing between a better quality of life for children and families. Learn more here.

#WhyWednesday: Lee Crump

“I think United Way does so much to make this a better place to live for all of us.”

Lee Crump is the CIO and Group Vice President of Business Support for Rollins, Inc. In addition to being a member of our Tocqueville Society, Lee also serves as the Executive United Way Campaign Representative for Rollins. Today, hear why Lee is involved with United Way of Greater Atlanta.

Last year, Rollins raised over $1.1 million dollars for United Way! Interested in increasing your company’s impact on your community? Learn more about how we can partner with your organization to design a custom corporate social responsibility strategy that reflects your company’s values, and helps you meet your philanthropic goals.

#WhyWednesday: Rob McKeel

“I think it is very important to have this idea around child well-being in making sure that other youth in our communities are getting similar opportunities to have good influences that will help form them as the adults of our future.”

Rob McKeel is the vice president and chief marketing officer for GE Power and one of our directors of our board. Rob is passionate about our Child Well-Being Movement because when kids thrive, communities thrive. Today, hear why Rob gives back to Greater Atlanta through United Way!

Across United Way of Greater Atlanta’s 13-county region, nearly half a million children in the Greater Atlanta region live in communities with low or very low child well-being. Explore our maps to see how the children are doing in your neighborhood.

#WhyWednesday: Jason Gandy

“When you give to United Way you know your money is actually going to help the people.”

Today, hear why Jason Gandy, CEO of Quantum Leap Commerce and Fayette County advisory board member, gives back to Greater Atlanta through United Way.

Fayette County communities can thrive today and reach their greatest future potential only if their children are thriving. That’s why our focus is on building a Greater Atlanta where every individual and family can thrive by making sure that every child has the opportunity to reach his or her potential. We call this our Child Well-Being Movement.

Communities that can say, “all the children are well” have babies who are born healthy; kids who read proficiently by 3rd grade; teens graduating from high school prepared for college, careers and life; they grow up in secure homes, in safe neighborhoods, with healthy food, access to medical care to keep them healthy; supported by communities where people are educated, employed, and housed; with ready access to good healthcare and affordable healthy foods. Learn more about United Way of Greater Atlanta in Fayette County here.

#WhyWednesday: John Giegerich

John Giegerich, BB&T Senior Vice President and Atlanta Market President, understands the importance of the work United Way is doing for this community. He’s seen firsthand the difference it can make in one person’s life, and it’s why he continues to give today. Today, hear why John is a passionate Tocqueville Society member and United Way of Greater Atlanta supporter!

United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Tocqueville Society, the largest Tocqueville Society in the United States, is a committed leadership group making a measurable and sustainable impact on child well-being in Greater Atlanta through the connected efforts of their philanthropy. Learn more about Tocqueville Society here.

#WhyWednesday: Josh Bray

“I really want people who feel unseen to know that they are seen.”

Josh Bray is the CEO of SafeHouse Outreach, which partners with United Way of Greater Atlanta to aid those suffering from homelessness to achieve stability and independent living. Today, hear why Josh aims to break the cycle of poverty and help those who need it most in Greater Atlanta.

Interested in learning how you can help those who need it most in your community? From homeless veterans to at-risk youth, United Way of Greater Atlanta is working to provide support and solutions for those in need. We’re making sure people are given the tools and resources they need to pull themselves out of homelessness and onto a path of self-sufficiency. Learn more here.

#WhyWednesday: Brandon Sherman

“It would be close to the 20th of the month and food would start getting low and I know what it feels like to be a child who had dreams and had ambitions but you know, you’re hungry and there’s no help for you.”

Today, Brandon Sherman is Vice President and Branch Manager with Fidelity Bank in Fayette County, but as a child, he was no stranger to living with hunger. Hear how Brandon’s experiences inspired him to work with United Way of Greater Atlanta in Fayette County to change the lives of children in Greater Atlanta.

Child hunger is closer to home than you think. More than 350,000 kids in Greater Atlanta face hunger. Help us Silence the Growl, because full tummies means full potential. Want to get involved? Donate meals here.

#WhyWednesday: Wayne Ellison

“I’m involved in United Way because I clearly see the difference it’s making in our community and it takes all of us working together to make our community better.”

Wayne Ellison is the owner of Ellison Insurance Agency and the Vice Chair of the Gwinnett County Advisory Board for United Way of Greater Atlanta. Listen as Wayne tells us about the importance of extending a helping hand.

In 2018, leaders in Gwinnett County identified homelessness as one of the top issues facing its community. Find out how you can help us work to end suburban homelessness by getting involved with HomeFirst Gwinnett, or find out more about the issues affecting Gwinnett County here.