You are helping your co-workers participate in creating a stronger community.
Why it matters to Purdue:
- Recognized as a leader in positively impacting people’s lives
- Regarded as a caring community employer
- Relationships with other key community leaders are built
Why it matters to you and your co-workers:
- Educates about community needs and United Way’s impact
- Builds employee morale and pride
- Communicates availability of services for employees in need
- Provides leadership and development opportunities for employee committee volunteers
Why it matters to your community:
- A healthier, stronger community
- An improved quality of life for everyone.
- A vital economy
- Wabash Center learner
Here are some quick tips that make asking for a pledge easier:
- Know the facts.
Read the background materials carefully. The more you know about United Way, the easier your job will be. Prepare a solicitation case. Check out United Way’s Web site at www.uwlafayette.org for facts and stories that make a compelling case for giving.
- Make personal contact.
People give to people. Set up face-to-face meetings to ask for a pledge. It’s best not to just leave pledge cards on desks. Group meetings are the most effective and efficient way to reach all employees in an organization. It can take as little as 20 minutes to convey the key message to your group, make the ask, and even show the United Way video. Please call your United Way to schedule a Advocate to speak at your meeting(s). Remember, people give to people, so don’t overlook this critical step.
- Be positive.
Explain the benefits of giving to United Way. Stress the importance of each person’s contribution to our community. Emphasize that you’re raising funds for urgently needed programs to help children succeed in life, help individuals get jobs and stable housing, strengthen families and neighborhoods, and put people on the road to becoming socially, emotionally, and economically self-sufficient.
- Be prepared for questions and concerns.
People deserve to know that their money is being used wisely. If you don’t know the answer to a question, find out by calling on United Way staff and get back to your colleague.