United Way's Spirit Summit gears up to tackle major problem in community

Kayla Lemmon - Thursday, May 18, 2017
United Way's Spirit Summit gears up to tackle major problem in community

United Way is impressive enough on paper. As a non-profit organization who has 1300 branches throughout the nation, their mission statement speaks clearly.

"We transform lives by bringing people, resources, and strategy together to solve our community's toughest challenges."

 But then you meet the people--and suddenly United Way is even more impressive.

United Way of Snohomish County is collected of volunteers, a dedicated staff, and the support network of leaders and brilliant people scattered throughout the area, passionate about getting to the heart of issues that affect our citizens--and even more passionate about creating access for young children and their families with low income.
 

On June 12th, 2017 United Way of Snohomish County is holding their "Spirit Summit" at the Tulalip Resort Casino in the Orca Ballroom from 7 to 11:30 AM.

This exciting event is going to be the unveiling of a detailed and well-thought out model that utilizes collaborative, community approaches to help all families access the necessary resources to succeed. 

United Way is calling on people throughout Snohomish County to come hear the announcement and be a part of the unveiling of the brand for this new, exciting work and celebrate the spirit of community with the winners of the Roger Bouck and Reeves/Sievers Founders’ Awards.

According to CEO Allison Warren-Barbour, "The most beautiful aspect of Snohomish County is their spirit of collaboration and innovation. What we're doing here is recognizing those positive aspects and pulling it together for social change."

The Aspen Institute, a "demi-god" of sorts in the nonprofit field, will be present at this summit to speak about the 2-Generational approach that United Way has adopted as part of their new direction to create long-term outcomes for Snohomish County families. 

From United Way's "Day of Caring" in September to the "Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service", United Way stays true to their name sake--they find ways to unite the community, to be innovative in ways to problem solve, and to magnify the good. 

"This event on the 12th is a big deal," Warren-Barbour said excitedly. "This summit is our opportunity to present United Way’s new direction. A lot of people know about us, but don't know what we do. This will be our way of not only showing what we do--but getting people involved to help us move families with young children forward.”
 

To get involved in the Summit you can purchase tickets for only $10-$25 here>> Spirit Summit Tickets

"What's really special about this community, from what I've seen (since being here since December) is people really care about how other people do here," Warren-Barbour said. "And I think we'll see the makings of that even more at this summit."

 

 


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