Every fall, United Way Ottawa raises money to invest in programs, services and initiatives that help thousands of people in our community and that will lead to long-term solutions to significant community challenges. We do this with the help of the private and public sectors, non-profit organizations, labour and the media — and the countless volunteers and donors who want to make a difference in this community.
An important component of the success of our annual community campaign is the Loaned Representative program. Employees from the public and private sectors are “loaned” by their employers for a 16-week period to help with the campaign. They bring great energy to the campaign and without them, raising the needed dollars for our community would not be possible.
Loaned Representatives help to organize more than 1,100 workplace campaigns across the city. They facilitate and attend campaign meetings and events, mobilize support, promote the campaign, help recruit and retain volunteers and donors, and create awareness about how United Way is working to build a strong, healthy and safe community for all.
What’s in it for employers?
- increased staff morale when you demonstrate a commitment to your community
- recognition in workplaces in Ottawa, at United Way events, in print publications, on the website and in the local media
- a recharged employee — one who has learned new skills, absorbed fresh insights and ideas, made important contacts, is more confident and understands the community better
What’s in it for employees?
An opportunity to:
- receive professional training and experience in fundraising, project and time management, public speaking, sales, communications and marketing, negotiation, strategic analysis and planning
- improve leadership, management and team-building skills
- learn how a successful campaign works
- build upon existing strengths
- make new contacts and create networking opportunities
- learn about the challenges facing our community and be part of United Way’s work that is making a difference in providing long-term solutions
How can you get involved?
- Providing one or more of your employees to participate in the LR program
- Sponsoring someone to be a Loaned Representative