#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.

#WhyWednesday: Askya Alexander

For Askya Alexander, representation matters. Today, hear why Askya joined Youth United and uses her platform to pave a way for others in the Greater Atlanta to have the opportunities that she does.

Youth United (YU) is your source for high school student-centered volunteer opportunities. Led by a student board, YU offers unique and impactful service projects that improve the lives of children and families throughout Greater Atlanta. We will be introducing our newest class of Youth United Board Members at our upcoming Youth United Kick-off on Sept. 21, 2019. Learn more about the YU Kickoff event here.

#WhyWednesday: Starr Davis
“Along my journey, I was blessed to be able to have so many people help me out and think it’s important that I give back and help others as well.”

Today, Founder and Executive Director of the Starr Institute and VIP alum, Starr Davis, shares why giving back to her community is important to her.

United Way’s (Volunteer Involvement Program) VIP is a training program that develops leadership skills and increases volunteer participation in nonprofit boards across Greater Atlanta. Workshops include fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, and financial and legal decision making. Learn more about VIP here.

#WhyWednesday: Economy Jackson

“It’s part of my mission; it’s part of who I am.”

Economy Jackson, United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Associate Director of Income, explains why she loves working to improve the financial stability of families in Greater Atlanta

Many low income and working-class families in the Greater Atlanta area do not have enough “bankability” to achieve goals like qualifying for a mortgage or funding higher education and improve their credit. Interested in learning more about financial stability? Making Wages Work leverages the expertise of financial services professionals to help Greater Atlanta’s low-income and working-class families build the financial literacy they need to achieve their goals. Learn more about Making Wages Work here.

#WhyWednesday: Kim Youngpeter

“Together we create a much stronger community when those of us that have been very fortunate give back to those of us who haven’t.”

Kim Youngpeter is the Managing Director of Application Development for Rollins, Inc, and former co-chair of the United Way of Greater Atlanta Rollins, Inc. giving campaign. Today, hear why Kim works with United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Tocqueville Women United to give back to her community.

Tocqueville Women United is a transformative group of committed business and civic leaders who work to improve the lives of children under United Way’s Child Well-Being agenda. We have several different leadership societies and affinity groups working to make a difference in Greater Atlanta – find out how you can join here.

#WhyWednesday: Marshall Barton

Combating child homeless is her passion. United Way of Greater Atlanta is her platform. Today, hear why Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health employee and United Way Gwinnett County advisory board member Marshall Barton invests in the Child Well-Being Movement to give back to Greater Atlanta.

 

At United Way of Greater Atlanta, we are committed to seeing children have access to resources in order to lead happy and healthy lives through our Child Well-Being Movement. Click here  to find out how you can join the movement!

#WhyWednesday: Brandon Chubb

“I want to give back to my community; I think it’s important with the platform I have to make the difference.”

Carolina Panthers linebacker #41, Brandon Chubb, participated in a NFL Players Association externship with United Way of Greater Atlanta earlier this year. In addition to playing hard on the field, Brandon has a passion for philanthropic leadership. In October 2017, Brandon and his brother, Bradley, started their own nonprofit, the Chubb Foundation. Today, Brandon shared why community involvement matters to him!

Want to learn more about Brandon Chubb’s experience with us? Read more here.

Many of our partners leverage their corporate platform to help drive change in their communities. Find out how your company can partner with us and have a positive impact on Greater Atlanta with our Corporate Social Responsibility Program.

#WhyWednesday: Brenda Reid

Why is Brenda Reid, Publix Media and Community Relations Manager, and member of our Board Directors passionate about United Way of Greater Atlanta? “The model that they have is to pool the resources and attack a certain issue; then you will begin to see change.” Hear why she gives back below.

United Way’s Child Well-Being Impact Fund invents impact dollars in teams of nonprofits to work on collaborative solutions that lead to positive and sustainable outcomes for children and families. By developing 14 key index measures, we’re able to track our progress and determine what levers are the most effective in ensuring “all the children are well.” Learn more about Child Well-Being in Greater Atlanta here.

#WhyWednesday: Bill Cheeks

Bill Cheeks began his journey with United Way when he was a child. Now as President of Abba Associates, Inc. and board member of United Way of Greater Atlanta, he is excited to improve child well-being and financial stability throughout Greater Atlanta. Today, hear why he gives back to his community!

United Way is committed to improving child well-being in Greater Atlanta. Read about the how we are impacting the lives of children, families and communities in our 2018 stakeholder report.
How are the children doing in your community? Explore your child well-being score here.

#WhyWednesday: Candice Dixon

“United Way has served as the place where I’ve learned to become a more impactful volunteer and community leader.” Today, hear why Candice Dixon, Director of Corporate Partnership Development at Community Health Charities and member of United Way’s Young Professional Leaders, is dedicated to helping communities in Greater Atlanta thrive!

How do you get involved and raise awareness for issues that matter to you? 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! Learn more about YPL and how you can get involved here.