I truly have difficulty articulating how much I enjoyed being a Loaned Executive for the 2014 United Way Campaign. While the camaraderie and commitment of the United Way team ranks among the best group dynamic I have ever experienced, the greatest impact has been the compassion, love and care witnessed among the staff and volunteers within the partner agencies. It is awe inspiring and reinforces the Jesuit value of cura personalis, which is care for the whole person. Generally, not one agency can meet all the needs of our community. The United Way, collaborating with its partner agencies, seek the gaps and work diligently to get each individual the assistance they need.
Being a part of the United Way team allowed me to use my skills to achieve many goals. Campaign staff member, Susan Smieja empowered me to enjoy the opportunity to be creative with my presentations, showed me how to trouble shoot challenges, to keep my accounts organized, to have fun. And that’s what I did.
Martin Luther King is attributed as saying: “Our lives begin to end when we become silent about things that matter.” In my United Way presentations I always asked the question: Where would our community be if we did not have United Way? Thankfully, United Way is not and never will be silent about things that matter in our community. I am so grateful for the experience I had as a United Way Loaned Executive. I will draw from and live by this experience for the rest of my life.
Toby Peters was a 2014 Loaned Executive sponsored by Associated Banc-Corp, and was one of the winners of the 2015 John A. Puelicher Award for Loaned Executive excellence. Learn more about the Loaned Executive program.