Volunteer Spotlight on Kalvin Reid
National Volunteer Week, which is from April 15-21, is a time to celebrate and thank our volunteers for all that they do. This year’s theme is to celebrate the value of volunteering- building confidence, competence, connections and community.
We asked Kalvin to tell us what his “aha” moment about United Way was; this is what he said:
“I really got to understand the United Way in my days as a reporter at The Standard. We did weekly features on United Way, and I was assigned an interview with an individual who was living with Multiple Sclerosis. Because of programs funded by United Way, this person was able to live independently, maintain employment and get needed transportation. It painted a clear picture about how important United Way is in supporting important community organizations. That was further reinforced after I joined the Campaign Cabinet, and we played a game to illustrate the challenges faced by people living in poverty. We were given a "monthly allowance" and then had to decide how it would be spent among a list of necessities. Hard decisions and sacrifices had to be made — heat or food; new shoes for the kids or a bus pass to get to work and home again. It was truly an eye-opening exercise. “
United Way’s mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action, and we couldn’t do that without our generous volunteers. We appreciate everything that you do Kal, and we are happy to dedicate this year’s National Volunteer Week to you!