Donor Spotlight: Terry Myrrdin


Meet Terry Myrrdin, a long-time United Way supporter and great friend of the organization. We asked Terry to share how she became involved with United Way California Capital Region and what has motivated her to stay engaged for so many years. Thank you, Terry, for your support, advocacy and partnership!

Tell us how you first got involved with United Way.

Awhile ago, I started to get involved with United Way when I was working for the State and involved with the California State Employees Campaign Leadership Committee, which is now known as Our Promise. I served on the Leadership Committee for 10 years and became an avid supporter of United Way so much so that I joined the Board of Directors for two terms.

What do you most relate to in the work that United Way California Capital Region does?

I relate most to the work that Women United does to support our local foster youth. More than just Women United, United Way’s focus on education is key to ending poverty in our region.

What do you find most challenging about the work united way is doing?

The statistics are staggering - Research shows that the ability to read at grade level by the end of third grade helps students master complex subjects in fourth grade and beyond. Today, four out of five low-income students and two-thirds of U.S. fourth graders have missed this important milestone. This shows why it is so important to focus on education and make differences where it truly has an impact.

What’s your personal philosophy on what should be done to end poverty in our region?

My personal philosophy aligns well with the work that United Way is doing. The long-term planning will serve the community as a whole rather than offer a short-term band aid. Having an emphasis on education will make a lasting difference.

What is most fulfilling about your relationship with United Way?

I find the opportunity to give back and to really be able to do something for the community to be the most fulfilling aspect. Working with the State campaign was a very rewarding experience and led me to more possibilities to support my community. 

What do you wish other people knew about United Way?

I wish people knew that the opportunity is there to help and that United Way is committed to making a long-term change in our region.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about donating or volunteering?

Just do it! Start with Day of Caring and find a project that is fun for you!

What 3 traits define you?

  • Loyal
  • Respectful
  • Loves to entertain

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

I would have to say Beaches of Normandy because it was incredibly moving and sobering.

Is there anything else you would like people to know?

To all State employees – find out about Our Promise. There is something for everybody.