It takes a lot of elbow grease to raise $2.25 million dollars.
Just ask Betsy Cunningham, who chairs the Loaned Executive committee for United Way of Blount County’s 2008 campaign.
As Cunningham explains, the Loaned Executives of United Way are the backbone of the organization’s efforts in the fall.
“Their primary responsibilities are to meet with the campaign coordinators and do whatever they can to ensure a successful campaign - whether it’s talking about new ideas, lining up a speaker, or actually speaking at a meeting,” Cunningham said. “We assign them four to six companies, and their role is to act as a liaison between their companies and United Way.”
Cunningham said her Loaned Executives hit the ground running.
“We started loaned executive training at the Red Cross where they could observe firsthand one of United Way’s community partners, and then we participated in a ropes course team-building session facilitated by the Blount County Sheriff’s Office,” Cunningham said. “Part of our objective was to get these eighteen individuals to work together and to make them realize they’re ‘Living United’ to advance the common good and this campaign.”
Cunningham added that the companies and organizations that allow their employees to take part in the program are vital to United Way.
“We couldn’t do it without the support of these companies that allow some of their key people to serve United Way during the campaign,” Cunningham said. “We took a different approach this year. When we met, we asked our local presidents and CEO’s in their companies to identify those who are enthusiastic and have a strong desire to help others. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
The 2008 United Way of Blount County Loaned Executives are:
Betsy Cunningham, Loaned Executive Chair
Blount County Government - 18 years
“I was a recipient of many United Way services growing up from Child and Family to Big Brothers Big Sisters. I then served through BBBS and continued to give back to the community, and with United Way I have served on the board, allocations panel, chaired the Public Service Division, and currently chair Loaned Executives. I try to Live United by recognizing the needs in the community and contributing wherever I can.”
First Tennessee Bank - 3 years
“I Live United through giving. Giving time and resources to the United Way efficiently benefits the maximum amount of people.”
First Tennessee Bank - 10 years
“I Live United for my community. United Way is a wonderful organization that helps so many people, and I love being even a small part. For me, it is a way to get connected in the community and give back.”
Blount Memorial Hospital - 5 years
“Blount Memorial Hospital has always been a proud supporter of the United Way. We could not determine the actual number of years but we assume Blount Memorial Hospital became involved when United Way was established in Blount County.
The United Way provides individuals and organizations an opportunity to join others in the community to make a significant contribution through financial support and volunteer time equity. I am proud to be actively involved in the 2008 campaign because the agencies supported by United Way provide needed services and resources that benefit the whole community.”
“I Live United to make a difference in young people’s lives. While I was in college, I had the benefit of being on an athletic team. As a result, I was given the opportunity to go and read books to young (mostly under privileged) kids in the community. This experience helped me see how tough life can be, but also how big an impact can be made with just a little time and effort. That’s how I Live United.”
East Tennessee Medical Group
“I think it’s important to Live United because we can touch so many more lives than when we act alone. That’s why I’m a loaned executive with United Way - to help change lives.”
CBBC Citizens Bank of Blount County
“I Live United because the local community has been an instrumental part of my career at CBBC. Being a loaned executive for the United Way gives me an opportunity to give back to the community a portion of what they have entrusted to me.”
Atmos Energy - 3 years
“I work with United Way as a loaned executive to give back to the wonderful community that I reside in. That’s how I Live United.”
Foothills Bank & Trust - 8 years
“There are so many needs within our local community that I believe most people are unaware of. By giving of my time, hopefully I can help make more people aware of the needs and together we can give back to the local community to help address those needs.”
Amanda L. Horn
BB&T - 15 years
“I believe in helping people who need help. It is a great feeling knowing that I did something for my fellow man.”
Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority
“I Live United because I have needed the help of a United Way organization. My brother’s apartment complex caught fire and the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund was to help within hours of the fire.”
GreenBank - 5 years
“I believe in United Way to first help people that can’t help themselves and second to help teach those people to help themselves, and third encourage the same people to help others creating a successful help network throughout the community.”
Blount County - 5 years
“I work for the United Way community partner, the Red Cross - helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. It’s satisfying for me to know that what I do today may save a life tomorrow. That’s how I Live United.”
Clayton Homes - 2 years
“I Live United by volunteering my time in an effort to help others.”
Blount County Government - 1 year
“As a working, single parent and volunteer for United Way, I’m beginning to understand the importance of community and United Way. My desire is that my child grows to love and also understand the importance of giving, volunteering, and advocating for United Way. That’s how I Live United.”
Matthew J. Pacifico
DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc.
“Since 1976, I have been involved with United Way of Blount County either by donation or service. I’ve served as United Way of Blount County Board of Directors member, the Pilot Campaign Chairman, an Allocations Committee member, and a Loaned Executive. Although giving is important, it’s the easy part. By serving in various ways through United Way, we can all facilitate, making sure those in need for various reasons benefit the most. By being a part of the catalyst and helping in any way I can is how I Live United.”
City of Alcoa - 12 years
“I have served on several Fund Distribution Panels for United Way. By serving on these panels, I’ve seen the needs of other individuals and how United Way impacts their lives. By volunteering my time and helping the campaign for the need of others, that is how I Live United.”
GreenBank - 25 years
“I have contributed to United Way for the past 25 years, and for several of those years I have worked directly with the campaigns. Living united means giving of ourselves and supporting each other. Working as a team, we can always accomplish so much more. Needs and goals can only be met if we work together and Live United.”
GreenBank - 1 Year
“I Live United because I realize the value of serving others and the impact it has on our community. As a loaned executive, I am able to contribute and help ensure a successful campaign, which will get money to so much of our community in need. United Way gives me the opportunity to make a difference in my community.
For more information about United Way of Blount County, please call 865-982-2251 or visit liveunitedblount.org.