Several leading organizations in the Cleveland community have committed to expanding the footprint of United Way Young Leaders by empowering their young professionals to truly lead the philanthropic engagement from within their respective companies. The following are updates from several of our Young Leaders Chapters:
The American Greetings Corporate Chapter hosted a special fundraising event at Platform Brewing Co., which included trivia hosted by Lisa Wascovich, an American Greetings executive. In addition, American Greetings also sponsored and had several members attend the annual Fall Ball at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. American Greetings chapter members also attended various corporate chapter events, supporting the United Way Young Leaders community.
The Cleveland Indians Chapter participated in the United Way Stuff the Bus initiative by collecting books and promoting the initiative. We were happy to be a chapter for this second full year and had the opportunity to attend and sponsor the annual Fall Ball at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
EY held their annual UWYL’s volunteer event on July 2016 at Marion Sterling Elementary. Volunteers assisted with the setup for the community day event that was held the following day. They teamed up with Eaton Corporation on the project. EY’s chapter sponsored and attended the 9th annual Fall Ball, Rock the Night Away. In October, EY hosted speakers Marc Byrnes and Augie Napoli at an office townhall to address the EY Cleveland office and promote the importance of giving. Looking into 2017, EY is scheduled to host the United Way EITC Information Breakfast on January 10th.
Fifth Third’s YL chapter hosted a volunteer blitz day at Luis Muñoz Marín by helping recruit over 30 volunteers from various corporate chapters to participate in a day of teaching students grades k-8th. In addition, Fifth Third sponsored and attended Fall Ball and participated in the Stuff the Bus collection campaign.
This year, members of the Forest City Chapter of the United Way Young Leaders hosted a volunteer event for all chapters at University Settlement followed by happy hour at The Nash in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood. Other volunteer activities included packing backpacks with nutritious food for kids at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, helping cyclists participating in the Cleveland Clinic’s VeloSano bike ride raise funds for cancer research, and stuffing holiday stockings for children in foster care. Social events included a Cleveland Indians game, an annual meeting and happy hour, and a College Now information session to recruit mentors for the program. In addition, Forest City sponsored Fall Ball at the Silver level and several members of the chapter attended the event. For fundraising efforts, the Forest City chapter hosted two events in connection with the United Way Campaign, a “Donate for Donuts” sale and a Halloween party highlighted by a “Pie the Boss” competition. Forest City also collected hundreds of books for the United Way “Stuff the Bus” book drive.
In GE’s third year as a United Way Young Leaders Corporate Chapter, GE continued to grow membership to around 250 members across the GE Lighting and Current, powered by GE businesses. Members volunteered with the Special Olympics bowling events and hosted community events including a speaker session with Downtown Cleveland Alliance CEO, Joe Marinucci, as well as a Playhouse Partners Event in Playhouse Square. GE’s co-chairs and executive sponsors led our United Way Kickoff event, Play United, which encouraged Young Leaders and all employees to have fun, raise awareness, and gain participation in United Way events. They also hosted Fired Up Taco truck for our annual Dine United where a portion of the day’s lunch totals were donated to United Way. GE joined in the Cavs celebration by hosting the Larry O’Brien Trophy on campus and selling Cavs Championship books to employees. Together Play and Dine United activities raised over $6,700. This year’s United Way campaign raised a total of $247,000 at Nela Park in Cleveland.
Hahn Loeser’s chapter had an exciting and productive year. In addition to hosting the July Corporate Chapter Leadership meeting at our office, we also held an hors d’oeuvres and cocktail reception after the meeting, which provided the chairs of other corporate chapters a chance to network and share ideas about United Way. Earlier this year, members of Hahn Loeser’s chapter spent an afternoon at Providence House in Ohio City during which we assisted Providence House staff with sorting through donations. More recently, we concluded our annual, firm-wide United Way campaign and sponsored the Fall Ball at the Silver Level. The Hahn Loeser chapter is looking forward to building upon this momentum in 2017!
The KeyBank Chapter welcomed two new co-chairs in 2016, Chris French and Yasmeen Muhammad, as well as a slate of new committee co-chairs. KeyBank kicked off the year with a happy hour fundraiser at Big Bang in support of the Cleveland Food Bank. The chapter participated in the Stuff the Bus book drive and collected over 300 books across corporate and branch locations. In July, Key’s UWYL hosted a Speaker Series event featuring Jason Rudman, Director of Consumer Payments and Digital Banking, which was open to all chapters. We hosted a private spin class at Harness Cycle, of which the proceeds were donated to Camp Ho Mita Koda. The chapter also partnered with Key’s UW Executive Campaign to host our first annual celebrity bartending event, which raised over $1,700 for the campaign. The year ended with a Toys for Tots happy hour and toy drive at Barley House.
The PNC chapter kicked off its “Grow Up Great: Family Financial Literacy” series in 2016 with the Parma Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. PNC employees provided financial education to both parents and their preschool-age children. Preschoolers learned about spending, sharing and saving with fun Sesame Street activities, while parents learned about money, banking, credit, budgeting and identity protection through interactive presentations delivered by local Branch Managers and WorkPlace Bankers. The program was so well received in the first quarter of the year that is was renewed for three sessions in December. In addition to aligning with the UWYL goal of eliminating the low-income achievement gap in Greater Cleveland, this program also leveraged materials from PNC’s Grow Up Great program and earned PNC credit under the Community Reinvestment Act.
The Sherwin-Williams chapter was proud to reach 300 members in 2016. The chapter held a number of events that allowed members to give back to the community, network with peers and community leaders, and develop as professionals.
In April, Sherwin-Williams hosted a fundraising happy hour for all United Way Young Leaders chapters. The event raised money for United Way and enjoyed an evening of networking with fellow young professionals.
Sherwin-Williams was also excited to present their first-ever Professional Development Series in the fall. More than 100 members participated in sessions on the interview process, maintaining a professional network, presentation skills, and running effective meetings. All programs were led by Company leaders. As always, members wrapped up 2016 by supporting the Company’s annual holiday program for a local school.