True Champions aren’t just made in gyms
When most people think of champions, they think of athletes, local heroes and sporting stars, but at United Way champions to us are the dedicated individuals, working within our corporate partners, who go are committed to making a positive impact in the community.
The champions we know manage to do their 9-5 jobs as well as finding the time to raise awareness about community issues and encourage their colleagues to give, advocate and volunteer.
Muhammad Ali once said “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision.” And I couldn’t agree more.
Last week I had the privilege of facilitating a group of 30 community champions from 14 of our corporate partners. This was the third time we have brought our champions together- read more about the learnings and outcomes of the training and networking sessions in 2012.
I was (once again) blown away the energy, enthusiasm and creativity of our champions. Some of the champions were community veterans and had been promoting volunteering and workplace giving within their organisations for the last six years, whereas others were completely new to the ‘role’ and eager to get stuck in.
As well as spending time networking and sharing their challenges and successes, the champions are also driving us to deliver high-level content on how they can set goals, better engage their colleagues, share our strategy and learn more about the impact they can make in the communities we support.
I’m excited to see what our champions will achieve in the year ahead – and look forward to updating you further on their progress.
Lyndsey Mckee – Corporate Partnerships Manager