United Way Offers Many Ways to ‘Give Back’
UAMS supports the annual United Way campaign in more ways than one. Some employees designate contributions by payroll deduction to the fund year after year. Others get involved by donating their time to the organization’s local chapter.
Hosea Long, UAMS Human Resources director, supports the campaign in yet another way. He participates in the campaign before it is launched. During this early phase, he serves as an allocation committee member of the United Way of Pulaski County. A volunteer on the committee for five years, Long’s volunteer support extends throughout this year.
Each year the committee determines how United Way dollars are allocated. It is made up of a cross-section of employees from agencies and professional organizations throughout the county, including UAMS, the Department of Human Services and local banks. “We are divided into panels and assigned different agencies to research,” said Long. “The process by which agencies are selected to receive funding is very interesting. We learn about the organizations requesting funding by making site visits, reviewing annual reports and finding out what the organization is about.”
John R. Nazzaro, United Way of Pulaski County president, said, “We rely on the expertise of our allocations volunteers in determining how United Way dollars can best address the needs of our community. Their commitment is a large one, as they are responsible for reviewing member agencies and making funding recommendations.”
Other employees from the UAMS Human Resources Department have also served as volunteers on the committee. Tamidra Mason, training manager in the UAMS Department of Human Resources, served as a past member on the committee. She said, “It was a very rewarding experience for me. I learned a lot about different agencies and got to see firsthand the commitment of others to this community.”
The United Way campaign will begin later this month. Both Mason and Long agree that supporting the campaign is an easy way for UAMS employees to make an impact on the community. “It’s an effortless way for UAMS employees to give back to the community,” said Long. “With the automatic payroll deduction option, you really don’t have to think about it. Employees can also make a one-time cash contribution to the United Way fund. Donors may designate their contribution to the agency of choice.
In the past, agencies chosen for funding included non-profit organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, the American Heart Association and The Salvation Army, to name a few.
For more information, visit the United Way of Pulaski County’s Web site at www.uwpulaski.org. The pledge form below can be filled out and returned to slot 716. United Way contributions are tax deductible as provided by law.