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My Journey at United Way

Paige completed an internship with us, while completing her Senior year at NC State University.

Paige completed an internship with us, while completing her Senior year at NC State University.

I’ve spent the past 4 years of my undergraduate career solving engineering problems and by year 4, I knew it wasn’t for me. How did I reach that conclusion? Well during my freshman year at NC State, I developed a chronic illness that made walking to class almost impossible. That is when I had the idea to start a disability transportation service on campus and two years later, Wolfpack Pick Up became a reality. I wanted other students with disabilities or injuries to have an easier time getting to class so that they didn’t have to struggle like I did. Advocating, fundraising and directing the program was such an exciting and fulfilling experience that I knew I wanted to dedicate my career towards helping others.

With no concrete experience in the nonprofit sector, my mentor James Amato provided me with the amazing opportunity to work as a Resource Development Intern at United Way of the Greater Triangle.

From day one, I was so excited to join a team full of kind, passionate and generous individuals who wanted to help see me succeed. I worked under James and completed various tasks related to stewardship and donor cultivation. In case you were wondering, yes I did become an expert at printing address labels and writing thank you notes. So the tasks were simple, but I didn’t mind – I felt very fortunate to be in the United Way environment. It has been an amazing learning opportunity to understand how a nonprofit functions, but more specifically how United Way is leading the way in collaboration. Collaboration among organizations with limited resources and similar missions is the key to making lasting change in the community.

United Way of the Greater Triangle has also provided me with opportunities to attend conferences and meet professionals trying to solve the major problems in our community. For instance, the Triangle Community Foundation hosted the What Matters Conference where the keynote speaker, Dan Heath, encouraged nonprofits to focus on the bright spots – or areas of success that can be scaled for a greater impact. Those professional development experiences helped me to better understand not only what issues need to be solved, but how to do it.

Over the past few months, I have gained the competence and confidence to step out into the nonprofit world and take the risks necessary to make change happen. United Way of the Greater Triangle has inspired me to commit to a career that not only improves lives, but helps to solve the major issues in the community. I plan to take that key of collaboration to open the doors towards a lasting impact. Thank you UWGT for giving me the opportunity to learn from the best!

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Every year, United Way of the Greater Triangle invests in the leadership development of a cohort of five talented leaders and provides them with learning opportunities to sharpen their business acumen through the Community Engagement Fellowship. Fellows receive ongoing, top-notch training from area nonprofit and corporate leaders, and will have many opportunities to put their skills to use. Fellows have meaningful responsibilities, including clearly communicating the importance of giving and volunteering with United Way to the employees at their assigned companies. Fellows will also have unique opportunities to connect and build relationships with a network of over 500 area nonprofit organizations and businesses. The skill set acquired through this fellowship are transferable to any field and will be an asset in many settings.

If you have ever wondered what it’s like to work for a nonprofit, are committed to being a catalyst for positive change in our community, are eager to learn how to do accounts and project management, and have been described as an outgoing individual, then this may be the right opportunity for you.

The fellowship is held at United Way of the Greater Triangle’s office in Morrisville, NC. As a fellow you will have the opportunity to travel and build relationships across the four county region we serve: Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties. For 2015 we will only be selecting 5 fellows.  Fellows must be available and participate in the mandatory trainings, July 8-10, and July 13-14. The fellowship requires a 37.5 hour Monday-Friday workweek. The 2015 Fellowship starts July 8 and ends November 20, 2015.  Fellows are expected to complete their entire term.  Fellows receive $12/hour during this fellowship.

Applications Open: Now
Applications Due: May 29, 2015
Round 1 Interviews: Week of June 1
Round 2 Interviews: Week of June 15
Mandatory Training: July 8-10, July 13-14
Program Start: July 8
Program End: November 20

How to Apply: Please send your cover letter, résumé and completed application to Mr. Stéphane Daniel by Friday, May 29, 2015 with the subject “UWGT Community Engagement Fellow Application.

Click here for a full description of the Community Fellowship

Click here to apply for a Community Fellowship