Young leader showcases value of giving back

Note: United Way of Greater Cleveland is highlighting exceptional volunteers in our community that have went above and beyond the call of duty to make our region a better place to live.

Yasmeen MuhammadUnited Way of Greater Cleveland’s Young Leaders volunteer program is extremely active – with roughly 2,000 members of all walks of life, from ages 20-40 years old. Yasmeen Muhammad, a portfolio management associate at Key Private Bank Family Wealth, has been heavily involved with United Way’s Young Leaders program since January 2016.

She was asked by the previous co-chair of the KeyBank United Way Young Leaders to take her place in November 2015, because she knew Muhammad was active in internal networking and external philanthropic causes. However, she was exposed to United Way as an organization much earlier, when she was a part of KeyBank Foundation’s 2013-2014 United Way workplace campaign.

Muhammad says that she “really loved seeing the energy that everyone had around United Way… was impressed by the great staff, the rally of effort from the Greater Cleveland business community… helping United Way achieve fundraising goals.”

The Young Leaders volunteer group works diligently to plan and execute some of the year’s most exciting events; not only to raise money, but to raise awareness and garner greater excitement, as well as more motivated volunteers. “My favorite event is definitely the Annual Meeting – such a high energy event! The impact stories are very touching and it’s always exciting to see the final fundraising number for the campaign year.”

Beyond the Annual Meeting, the Young Leaders hold several of its own events to promote awareness and generate engagement in the community. Some of these events – several of which are award winning – include: the Annual Fall Ball; myriad networking events; a speaker’s series; days of action to give back; and many more.

She anticipates continuing, if not increasing, her volunteerism with the organization because of these, and numerous other events, as well as the core mission and vision of United Way.

“I volunteer because I love to help people and establish new relationships with people who are equally motivated to serve the community.” she adds. “… I feel like it’s the best way to make the widest reach of positive impact on the community.”

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