Curious about Emerging Leaders?

By United Way of King County, on August 24, 2015 | In Emerging Leaders 365, Volunteering

Frank Kelley United Way Emerging LeaderWhat’s it like as a first-time Emerging Leader volunteer?

A Q & A with a recent addition to the Emerging Leader volunteer crew!

For those who are curious about Emerging Leaders, particularly our second Saturday volunteer projects, here’s a quick Q & A with Frank Kelly, a Darigold Logistics Specialist and new Emerging Leader, to review what a project is like and why you should sign up for the next one!

Question: Where did you volunteer and how did the day start?

Answer: On Saturday Aug 8th an enthusiastic group of young professionals in the Seattle area made the short trek down to El Centro de la Raza in the Beacon Hill district to volunteer as a part of the Emerging Leaders group of United Way. We started right at 10am with a quick tour of El Cento de la Raza and all of the great programs and services they provide with the goal of building unity across all racial and economic backgrounds.

Q: What kind work did you accomplish?

A: After the tour we separated into three groups participating in different activities helping El Centro prepare for their Gala event on September 26th.

  • One group used their creative minds to create item descriptions for the auction at the Gala event.
  • Another group sanded and painted wooden crates that would be filled with wine and other goodies.
  • The last group attached rubber brands to flyers that would be sent out to the Seattle community advertising the opportunity to be cemented in history by purchasing a brick with their name on it at El Centro.

Q: How did you think it went, as a rookie Emerging Leader volunteer?

A: With this being my first United Way volunteer event as an Emerging Leader (I’ve done Day of Caring with my company) I didn’t know what to expect. But I must say this event exceeded my expectations as it was extremely organized and seemed like more than just a simple volunteer project.

Q: Why should other people in their 20s and 30s join?

A: Whether you are interested in helping your local community, networking, having fun meeting new people or all of the above, I would definitely recommend checking out Emerging Leaders as a way to get involved!


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