The 2010 conference was held February 23 – 26 in Lincolnshire, Illinois and was attended by nearly 300 United Way professionals and volunteers from more than a dozen states.
“Door County was well-represented at the conference, an indication of our commitment to be the best United Way organization we can for our community,” says Paul Kok. “We received many helpful ideas from other communities’ United Ways, and were also reinforced that our own organization is on a path similar to others.”
Each of the attendees registered for numerous sessions that focus on cutting edge professional, system and personal development. The goal of these sessions is to increase United Way of Door County’s capacity to have positive, lasting impact on our community.
Keynote speakers included Rich Harwood from the Harwood Institute, and Brian Gallagher, President of United Way Worldwide, who was recently featured on the CBS news program Sunday Morning.
Aside from the learning sessions, Mutchler, Carter, Kok, Kohnle and Salmon were provided with numerous opportunities to network with other United Way volunteers and staff.
“What helped most was the fact that we could learn what other United Ways are doing, what works for them and how we can use that in Door County,” explains Keith Mutchler. “I realized that the United Way is not just about raising money, it’s about reaching out into the community.”
If you have any questions about how the United Way of Door County continues to reach into our community, you are encouraged to contact them at 920.746.9645, www.unitedwaydc.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.