This quarter has been extremely exciting for the Union Home Foundation. We launched our first ever Purple Days in April – a month dedicated to volunteerism. Over 150 Union Home Mortgage partners across the United States participated, contributing more than 500 hours of donated service to their communities. Some Partners participated individually for a cause that matters most to them while in other areas, like in Fayetteville, North Carolina, close to 20 partners teamed up together. Regardless, each project had a lasting impact and was inspiring to say the least.
Our Board of Directors met at the end of May and approved four grants totaling $25,000, each for nonprofits doing remarkable work in financial literacy, education and workforce development. You can read more about them below.
In May, the company welcomed 62 college interns for the summer. Each intern will be involved in the Foundation’s work when they participate in our 2nd annual Intern Day of Service in July – volunteering their time with 6 local nonprofits.
UHM also welcomed 90 new Partners from Alliance Home Loans! We look forward to sharing the mission of the Foundation with each one of them and getting them involved in our community efforts!
Looking ahead, we will be doing a lot of work to share our mission and that of our philanthropic partners with the public, by hosting two large events in Northeast Ohio: a 5K walk/run and our inaugural gala. I look forward to sharing more details on these in the future. It’s sure to be a busy few months for the Foundation as we continue to grow and further our commitment in our communities to make the dream of homeownership possible for many!
Executive Director, Union Home Foundation
PARTNER IMPACT SPOTLIGHT
I am very passionate about the work I do with Rebuilding Together of LaPorte County. It’s part of a national organization that rebuilds lives and neighborhoods by making homes safe for veterans, low-income homeowners, and senior citizens. We provide free home repairs, home modifications to enhance mobility, improve curb-appeal, and change the lives of our neighbors overall.
Part of my volunteer role over the last three years, has been to review applications of potential recipients in order to confirm that they meet the proper income, insurance, and tax requirements of the organization. On top of that I have worked as a Home Captain, overseeing the collection of items and materials, as well as organizing the volunteers necessary for the completion of projects requested by the homeowners.
The work done by Rebuilding Together is so vital to our communities because we help those, like low income families and the elderly, that may not have the means or sometimes the ability to up-keep or stay in their homes. Sometimes, it’s simple improvements like painting or planting flowers to even providing wheel chair ramps that make all the difference and ultimately improve our neighborhoods.
2018 Grants to Date: $79,500
2nd Quarter Union Home Foundation Grant Recipients:
- Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland: $10,000 - To continue their career readiness program for Cleveland Youth.
- College Now of Greater Cleveland: $5,000 - To provide postsecondary advising for low-income individuals.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ever wanted to increase your involvement with the nonprofit community or wondered about joining a nonprofit Board of Directors? Below are some FAQs surrounding Board Involvement to help you make your decision.
What are the advantages to joining a nonprofit board?
- Get you out there: you’ll learn more about the challenges facing your city, will gain diverse perspectives and just might boost your public profile.
- Build your network: Individuals on nonprofit boards are generally influential members of the business community, with expansive knowledge and a passion that matches yours for the organization’s mission.
- Increase your business knowledge: Board members often gain skills in organizational finances, teamwork, strategic planning, fundraising and the challenges facing the nonprofit community.
- Larger chance to make a difference: Being on a board puts you closer to the organization and, in many cases, in a position to help shape its future. You’ll learn more about the ins and outs of the organization’s programs and their impact, as well as will be able to offer suggestions for change.
What should I know before I commit?
- Do your research – look at who some of the other board members are, how is the organization doing financially, and what is their reputation in town
- Ask about any board requirements – most boards have set expectations that often include attendance policies, committee involvement and/or “give money/get money” requirements
- Make sure you are passionate and have the time – there’s nothing worse than an unengaged or overcommitted board member
But nonprofits only want wealthy people on their boards right?
- This is a common myth. While yes, nonprofits would like board members with the means to contribute, almost equally important are board members that have connections in the community or have the time to help with special projects or lead committees. Always ask what the nonprofit is looking for in their board members.
What if I’m just not ready yet?
- Explore joining your favorite nonprofit as an advisory board member or just start off by joining a committee to get your feet wet.
If you are interested in joining a board, but don’t know which one or where to start, reach out to me at email@example.com or by calling (440) 536-3496 and I can help guide you in the process!