The United Way plays a crucial role in providing much needed health and human services nationwide. Locally, the Charles County chapter works hard day in and day out to meet the needs of the community through a wide variety of initiatives and partnerships. As the organization prepares for its largest annual fundraising event, a back-to-back golf tournament at Swan Point Golf Course, we caught up with Dayle Hadden, the United Way’s Director of Administration, Marketing and Communications for this week’s Friday Focus interview.
Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)
A: United Way of Charles County was incorporated in 1983 and is a community impact organization that invests in the strategies for community improvement. Today, United Way of Charles County helps support the work of 40 non-profit health and human service organizations in Charles County. With the donations of Charles County citizens through yearly fund raising campaigns, United Way helps fund agencies so they can continue to provide assistance to the many thousands of needy citizens in our community each year.
Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?
A: Every day brings a moment to where I feel good about the work we do. To have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life is an amazing feeling, there is no way to describe the sense of joy it brings to me. Whether it imoments for me. these events continue to make ‘, Mission of Mercy or the annual Day of Caring, all moments at United Way of Chas giving referral information to someone who just didn’t know where to turn or actually seeing someone’s life situation change, it makes you feel like you made a difference. If I had to pick one moment that stood out the most in my mind it would be working the Homeless Resource Day and providing meals to the attendees. Having the opportunity to feed those that were hungry is a favorite moment in my life.
Being a part of the annual Homeless Resource Day, Mission of Mercy and the annual Day of Caring always brings ‘favorite’ moments for me.
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
A: The biggest challenge United Way faces each year is the ability to raise sufficient donations to help provide the means to bring about positive change in people’s lives. Over the last several years, donations have gone down. United Way of Charles County relies on donations from corporate gifts and payroll deduction contributions to assist the people in Charles County who need help in areas of health and human services. With the economic downturn, we continue to stay positive that things will turn around so we will be able to continue the good work we do for the citizens in our community. “When you reach out a hand to one, you influence the condition of all”
GIVE * ADVOCATE * VOLUNTEER and LIVE UNITED.
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
A: United Way of Charles County’s largest fundraiser is the Annual Back-to-Back Golf Tournament. This is the 17th year United Way has held the tournament. This year’s event is scheduled for April 16 at Swan Point Yacht and Country Club. You or your company can sponsor the tournament with Major or Tournament sponsorship levels and/or Tee Sponsorships and be publically recognized as a supporter of United Way of Charles County. You can also join in the event by putting a foursome into the tournament.
For more information for either of these events, visit www.unitedwaycharles.org and click on the ‘Special Events’ tab or call us at (301) 609-4844.
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
A: People can get involved with United Way of Charles County by giving, advocating and volunteering. Individuals can GIVE by making a direct contribution to United Way of Charles County if their employer does not participate in the annual Payroll Deduction campaign. One could ADVOCATE, speak out and champion a cause that is important to you or simply VOLUNTEER. United Way of Charles County offers many ways to put your expertise, your ideas and your enthusiasm to work. One of the best ways to get involved and to learn about the community is to join our all-volunteer Board of Directors. United Way of Charles County is already advocating for many causes and many populations through the work we do and the contacts we have. Since our incorporation in 1983, we have been a voice for positive change. Join with us, and let your voice be heard about the things that are important to you and your community.