Celebration of Service Honoree, Compassionate Leader of the Year: Michael Weinholtz

Chelsea Nelsonby Chelsea Nelson
Digital Marketing Director

This month on The Hub, we are excited to do a weekly feature on the honorees for the upcoming Celebration of Service event on Tuesday, May 20! This yearly event is when United Way of Salt Lake has the great privilege to honor outstanding individuals and companies in our neighborhoods and communities. These people and organizations are truly making a difference, proving every day what it means to LIVE UNITED. We hope you will join us in celebration of their contributions at this fun and inspiring event (to RSVP and find out more info, click the link above).

This week, we are thrilled to announce Michael Weinholtz, The Weinholtz Family Foundation, as our Compassionate Leader of the Year.

Weinholtz MThe Compassionate Leader of the Year award acknowledges the outstanding efforts of individuals or organizations that have committed a significant amount of their time and talents, along with personal and/or corporate resources, to fulfilling United Way of Salt Lake’s mission. This is United Way of Salt Lake’s highest honor to those who give tirelessly to advance our work.

Michael Weinholtz has been a proud supporter and champion of United Way of Salt Lake’s mission for many years. Last year, The Weinholtz Family Foundation made a significant investment in United Way of Salt Lake’s Changing the Odds Campaign. Weinholtz prides himself as a champion of community building in both his personal life as well as his professional life. As CEO of CHG Healthcare, he has incorporated community involvement through United Way into his core organizational values, leading to incredible year-round employee participation in CHG’s workplace campaign and numerous volunteer events throughout the year. The company also shows support through event sponsorships and employee participation in United Way’s special events throughout the year.

It is an honor to recognize Michael Weinholtz and The Weinholtz Family Foundation for its exceptional commitment to creating positive changes in our community as United Way of Salt Lake’s 2014 Compassionate Leader of the Year.

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CHG Healthcare Volunteering on Day of Caring 2013

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CHG Healthcare Volunteers!

 

Day of Caring 2013 is Just Around the Corner!

UWSL_Volunteer_DOC_Header-3.28.13-V4Day of Caring 2013 is almost here and we are gearing up for the best year yet! We have 104 companies registered, 4,300 volunteers signed up, and 130 projects to be completed! But, there is still time to get involved.

Day of Caring is a great way for companies to show they care about making a difference. This year we cannot wait to see how excited our volunteers are about what they can accomplish. Volunteer efforts help United Way of Salt Lake advance the education, income, and health of our neighborhoods. Volunteers reach thousands of our most vulnerable citizens and build a stronger community for us all.

Last year we saved our community over $615,000! 

Day of Caring begins with a kick-off breakfast at The Gateway from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m., which includes live entertainment and breakfast for all sponsors and volunteer participants. If you are volunteering with us, don’t miss this great event before projects begin!

Remember, it isn’t too late to join us! UWSL has several smaller projects in need of volunteers. Sign up today and help us reach our goal of 5,000 volunteers!

Check out all the great volunteers from Day of Caring 2012 in the video below.

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Summer of Service at Woodrow Wilson!

amy_worthingtonby Amy Worthington
Volunteer Events and Training Coordinator

In July, United Way of Salt Lake hosted its second project for Summer of Service at Woodrow Wilson Elementary. The Summer of Service program focuses on kids ages 5-18, and involves youth in volunteer opportunities throughout the community.

During our second project, volunteers assembled welcome packets for the faculty and staff of Woodrow Wilson Elementary. The younger volunteers colored “Welcome Back” notes that got tied onto each bag, while older volunteers assembled the candy and supplies into bags for each packet.

DSC_0113Woodrow Wilson Elementary is home to over 750 students and more than 50 faculty and staff. Among the student body there are 27 different languages spoken, providing a very diverse population and a variety of needs.

Volunteers had a great time creating welcome back gifts for the individuals who devotedly serve the population of Woodrow Wilson. When asked why they enjoyed serving, one volunteer responded, “Because it makes someone else happy!”

We invite everyone to come join us for our third and final Summer of Service project Thursday, August 8, from 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m. at Kearns Junior High. We will be assembling back to school binders for every student and participating in school beautification to prepare the building for the return of students in late August. For more information visit our Summer of Service website or email amy@uw.org volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate.

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Tocqueville Society Enjoys an Afternoon of Soccer!

shannon_2010by Shannon Harmon
Leadership Giving Director

This past Saturday, Tocqueville Society member and Real Salt Lake Owner, Dell Loy Hansen, invited fellow Tocqueville Society members to the Owner’s Hospitality Suite for the Men’s Gold Cup Doubleheader at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Tocqueville Society members had the opportunity to mix and mingle with one another as well as Bill Manning, RSL Team President. This event is part of an overall strategy to reimagine the Tocqueville Society and better engage our highly-supportive and committed donors.

In addition to great company, good food, and killer seats, the men’s team beat Cuba! Overall, it was a fantastic way to spend a Saturday afternoon with people who make a difference in our neighborhoods and communities.

A huge thank you to Dell Loy Hansen and Bill Manning for their hospitality and support of United Way of Salt Lake! Thank you to all of our Tocqueville Society members who joined us and brought guests to learn more about how members of Tocqueville Society LIVE UNITED and help change the odds for kids and families in our community.

Attendees included:

Allen and Denise Alexander and guests
Carol Carter and guest
Bill Crim and guest
John D’Arcy
Rebecca and Rulon Dutson
Neil Hafer and guest
Tom and Jamie Love
Stephanie and Tom Sheffler and guests
Ross and Jo Ann Stokes and guests

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Tocqueville Society members are philanthropists who demonstrate extraordinary generosity by investing $10,000 or more annually.  These caring individuals make an outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life in our community.  To learn more about Tocqueville Society or any of our other donor networks, please contact Shannon Harmon, Leadership Giving Director, at shannon@uw.org or 801-736-7704.

Summer of Service is in Full Swing! Get Involved!

by Whitney Negrete
UWSL Marketing Intern

In June, United Way of Salt Lake kicked off 2013 Summer of Service with a gardening project at Granite Park Junior High. The Summer of Service program focuses on kids ages 5-18, and involves youth in volunteer opportunities throughout the community. The purpose of these volunteer projects it to get young members of our community involved in making a difference for kids and families. The first project involved cleaning up gardening boxes in the back of Granite Park Junior High, to prepare them for a community garden. Before the project, the boxes were overtaken with weeds and lacked good soil; it was a task that looked almost impossible to accomplish.

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During the project, volunteers worked hard to accomplish the task at hand. There were two families who had volunteered at Summer of Service last year, and they decided to come back for a second year. When I asked the Lloyd family what made them want to volunteer, Catie responded, “Last year we really really liked it!” Tiffany, Catie’s mother, mentioned that she liked doing things for others and she felt this was the perfect opportunity to get her young daughter involved.

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This year, two new families joined in on the Summer of Service fun! Leslie and Brianna Negrete said they enjoy doing service for others because it keeps them busy and it’s a great way to help people in their community out. Another new family was the Fritz family; when I asked Alexander what his favorite part of service was he said, “Helping the community!” It is exciting to see some new faces at Summer of Service.

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As a UWSL intern, this was also my first time participating in Summer of Service!  I thought it was awesome that families were so willing to help out, even if they weren’t from that particular area. It amazed me that in only a few hours, and with many helping hands, we were able to accomplish a task that seemed almost impossible at the beginning. I was so impressed with all the work the youth and families were able to do! They truly showed me what LIVING UNITED is all about.

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At the end of the project it was great to see the kid’s faces light up when they saw the final result. All their hard work really paid off and the gardening boxes looked like they were brand new. United Way of Salt Lake is excited for the next Summer of Service event, which will take place on July 11 at Woodrow Wilson Elementary. Join us to help put together kits for the new teachers that will be starting in the fall. Click here for more information!

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