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So much to do!

No dog days of summer here at the United Way: our office is humming with planning.

Our Community Impact fundraising campaign is gearing up for its busy fall season. Caroline Emerson and campaign chair Dan Goodall are actively seeking nominees for the Community Executive program. Community Executives are trained by professional fundraisers and community leaders on a variety of topics, ranging from public speaking to community issues. They learn about the critical needs in our community and have many opportunities to meet with prominent community leaders and human service providers.

During the United Way Campaign, Community Executives assist local companies with their United Way campaigns, speak with small businesses about the United Way, and make presentations to employee and management groups about the needs in our community and what the United Way is doing to address those needs. Many Community Executives go on to serve significant roles in the United Way and other civic organizations. Contact Caroline Emerson for more information.

Shaele Wood is tethered to her phone and computer in coordinating the Day of Caring projects and volunteer groups. The big day is September 23 this year.

Miriam Rushfinn and Jon Nafziger just finished a round of media interviews about the release of the Smart Beginnings local school readiness report. You can find it here. Next steps are implementation some of the report’s recommendations.

Our board retreat is Sept. 11, so Cathy Train and Leah Hill are working with board chair Mark Giles on those preparations. Cathy always has a calendar full of meetings with other community leaders, and Leah is our web master in addition to running our Child Care Scholarship program. Back to school means changes in day care options to after school care for many parents.

A little thing known as our annual financial audit starts shortly, so Lisa Frazier and Alaina Schroeder not only have all that preparation, but also are still learning the quirks of our new database system.

Martha Trujillo is always busy as our Information and Referral Center specialist, not only answering requests for assistance by phone, but also graciously dealing with people walking in the door seeking help. She is also in charge of planning for a Hispanic Help fair in October.

In the last couple of weeks we have lost our AmeriCorps intern, Reimi Okuyama, our UVa summer intern, Nathan Maddrey, finished up last week to return to classes at UVa, and Ladi Smith, our high school intern, just finished up her last week with us before the start of her first year at UVa. All will be missed.

Kim Connolly is trying to keep up with everyone’s publicity needs for their programs and initiatives, while focusing on writing the annual report,  and making sure our blog, Twitter and Facebook pages are not neglected. Last week, we shared the Charlottesville Newsplex’s tent at Fridays after Five to promote the Live United story video search. And, check out our ads in the Hook’s “Annual Manual” and C-Ville Weekly’s “Best of” edition.

Helen Frye checks in here at the office every morning before heading out to either the Charlottesville Free Clinic, Region Ten Community Services Board offices, or Martha Jefferson satellite locations to help people apply for free medications through our RxRelief Prescription Assistance Program.

We always think things will get quiet around here during the summer or maybe in January, but instead, we find ourselves busier than ever. There is always a need in our community, and always some new program, partnership or initiative to work on to address those needs.

Posted by Kim Connolly.

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