The Young Professionals for United Way was created in 2007 by a young United Way staff member who realized that after high school and college, there was a shortage of volunteer opportunities for young professionals in the area. It was their vision to bring together a group of young people who could offer volunteering, networking and fundraising opportunities to other people their age.
Since then, the group has grown and today has an impressive collaboration of young professionals, who work at local businesses and schools. Group members are between the ages of 21-40 and must be interested in giving back to their community and making it a better place to live and work.
Since the Young Professionals for United Way is an initiative of the United Way of West Central Connecticut, our mission is defined by United Way’s mission – “We will unite our communities to create opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on education, income and health.” In keeping with this mission, the communities served are Bristol, Burlington, Plainville and Plymouth. Also, it is their belief that any initiatives they fund should fall within United Way’s three building blocks of a good life: Education - helping children and youth achieve their potential; Income - promoting financial stability and independence; and Health - improving people’s health and wellness.
The Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser and the Summer Beer Tour are two of the main fundraising events the group has been focused on.
Recent volunteer efforts include community yardwork days at the Domus Amoris Foundation in Plainville and Barnes Nature Center in Bristol, as well as multiple volunteer collaborations with the Boys and Girls Club, participation in the Adopt-a-child Back to School Program, Day of Caring, Re-Gifting Program as well as a new Baseball Glove Drive initiative.
If you or someone you know is intersted in becoming involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!