“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
Each fall, our United Way increases our workforce to help augment the annual fundraising campaign. This influx of some 20+ people are called Sponsored Campaign Representatives, or SCRs, for short. They are essential to the success of the campaign – more arms, legs and heads to help us carry out the huge task of raising funds to re-invest in the Alberta Capital Region toward the goal of eliminating poverty in our community.
As the job title implies, the Sponsored Campaign Reps are just that, sponsored. Some have been loaned to us for the 16-week duration by their own company or government ministry. Others are able to join us because of our many corporate partners who elect to provide the necessary funds to ensure that the SCR program is able to continue.
For many organizations, sending a staff member to participate in this program is a professional development opportunity. Reports from companies such as Enbridge Pipelines indicate that the person who returns to them after their 16 weeks with United Way is an enhanced version of themselves. They have received valuable training and professional coaching in leadership, public speaking, team work and planning. After two weeks of in-depth training, SCRs are assigned to work with a professional Campaign Manager and they hit the campaign trail until mid-December. It’s a busy but exciting time that seems to go by all too quickly, according to many who have been part of the program.
United Way staff and 2015 Sponsored Campaign RepresentativesFor United Way, the bonus is being able to have those extra hands and minds for the busy campaign season – and the opportunity to grow our team. In the end, the real winner is our community and those who need our help. To learn more or get involved with the SCR program, please call United Way 780.990.1000
The Sponsored Campaign Representative program is proudly sponsored by:
Alberta Blue Cross, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Agrium, Atco Gas, Canada Revenue Agency, CN, Enbridge Pipelines Inc, Government of Alberta, Imperial Oil, National Oilwell Varco, PCL Construction.