The spirit of caring inspires many

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a powerful event at Allied Insurance that was designed to recognize leadership givers. With a committee of more than 80 employees at Allied/Nationwide, the event was impeccably planned and executed and more importantly, it exemplified the outstanding community leadership of the employees.

When I entered the Allied café, the LIVE UNITED essence was beaming from wall-to-wall. The committee put together a wonderful event exploding with United Way insignia, beautiful floral arrangements and hand-passed hor’dourves (passed by committee volunteers). After a period of mingling, the program began with a welcome from the committee leads and the introduction of some great presenters. Monica Griffith, the Allied Insurance Women in Philanthropy (WIP) chair, spoke about the WIP programs and the ways Allied members are giving back. The evening continued with a powerful presentation from the President and CEO of the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento, Sheila Boxley.

She shared staggering statistics and information on the ways the donations given have changed the lives of youth in our community. Dr. Richard Pan sits on the United Way board of directors, is a pediatric physician for UC Davis and is fiercely committed to making a difference in our community. Dr. Pan concluded the program by sharing information about how the “Spirit of Caring” will prevail throughout United Way’s Community Impact transition into three new focus areas: Education, Income and Health.

On more than one occasion, I noticed the faces of 90 attendees were captivated and truly committed to making a lasting change in our community. Although I have been participating in events like this during my five years at United Way, I’m constantly revitalized and given new hope about the dedication of our donors. United Way is lucky to be partners with companies like Allied/Nationwide and the many other wonderful corporations who keep the Spirit of Caring alive in the greater Sacramento area. It inspires me too.


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