United Way Works

22 March 2018

United Way Works

By: Heidi Gullickson, Executive Director, United Way
“Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.” – John C. Maxwell.

Choices. Each day, we make a lot of them. Each choice we make have a ripple effect in our lives and the lives of those around us. In our communities we have various opportunities to become involved. One choice that I want to encourage more people to consider is serving on a board of directors for a local nonprofit.

Most nonprofit boards have term limits for their board members.  As the United Way board member terms transition in March, we are in the process of recruiting. We use a matrix that includes demographics, but more importantly skills and experiences.  A nonprofit requires oversite and guidance in many areas. Serving on a board gives people an opportunity to share their expertise and learn from others on the board.  As a board member you will be part of passionate group of people discussing important topics, learning diplomacy and new skills such as understanding financial statements or how to work with volunteers.

I believe those who have served on the board can tell others about their experiences the best. Here are some thoughts from our outgoing board members:

September Bessler shares that, “As my six year term on the United Way Board nears an end, I reflect on the wonderful people I have met, the enhanced knowledge of agencies that I have gained, and seeing first-hand the positive impact that United Way has in the Brookings community. It has been a great six years and I would encourage others to get involved and consider serving.”

Michelle Osmanski says, “My time on the board has been an invaluable learning experience regarding the community concerns and available resources here in Brookings.  Communities work when we share our time, talent, and treasure.  Serving on a board allows one to give of themselves and provides an immense opportunity to learn something about the community and the needs of those around us.  I have developed an even deeper sense of compassion and desire to give through my service on the BAUW board.  Thank you to all our donors!  We are fortunate to live in such a generous community!”

And Craig Martin sums it up by stating, “I think it is a great way to get involved with the community and contribute.” 

On behalf of all nonprofits in Brookings County, I say thank you to those that have served on the board of directors in the past and currently.  I encourage everyone to check into the various volunteer opportunities available at volunteer.helplinecenter.org to make their impact on the community.