A new branch of United Way supporters dedicated to championing change and taking action, those about to retire are significant to strengthening our community. The Retiree Giving Club members will get involved with United Way through giving opportunities and volunteering.
Hard-working volunteers rarely see themselves as heroes or anything more than someone trying to make a small difference in their community. It came as no surprise that when I sat down with United Way’s Retiree Giving Club volunteer, Roger Stoughton, and used the word “hero,” he balked at the idea. However, as our conversation unfolded and I learned about all that Roger and his wife Carol have contributed over the last 30 years, both in time and financially, it’s clear that the Stoughtons are true examples of community heroes.
Roger worked for the State of California for more than 30 years. He was always active in the state’s giving campaign, designating some of his donations to his church, St. Mark’s Methodist Church in Sacramento and United Way. When I asked him why United Way, he explained that United Way covers a lot of organizations that make an impact in the community. As a long-time resident of Carmichael, it’s important to Roger and Carol that money stays local and supports the region where they live and have raised a family.
Lorrie Wilson is an outstanding person. She is a multitalented individual who is involved in several of United Way’s impact ventures. Lorrie keeps busy as a co-chair of Women in Philanthropy; She is also a community volunteer on the Financial Stability Impact Council; as well as becoming involved is the recently formed Retiree Giving Club. We were very honored to have Lorrie let us get to know her a little better and share with us her experiences with United Way and our affinity groups.
The goal of the Retiree Giving Club is to build a network of retirees focused on volunteering, mentoring and donating their resources to our local community.
As Baby Boomers begin to enter their golden years, many are pursuing opportunities to give back and get involved in their communities. The Retiree Giving Club provides this dynamic group of individuals with opportunities to contribute their time and talents to the community while developing relationships with other like-minded retirees and working to create positive, long-lasting impact on the California Capital region.