Metro United Way Employee Spotlight: Roberta Steutermann
Regional Community Giving
Describe what you do at Metro United Way:
I am told that I am the "United Way Lady" in my counties. My title is Senior Manger of Community Giving, however, as we all know, titles rarely tell our tale. I spend my days connecting people in Shelby, Oldham and Bullitt counties on ways to Give, Advocate and Volunteer. I co-lead the Advisory Councils in each of these communities and make sure that Metro United Way leadership is present and visible in each community. I manage the giving relationships in each community and during campaign drive my volunteers to make sure we are attacking every opportunity. I work with our companies and our nonprofit partners in each county to make sure that volunteer needs are met and that opportunities to serve are available to be matched. My role is truly a cross-functional one, working with my Community Building partners to build the best communities that we can.
What makes Metro United Way stand out as an employer?
When my husband and I decided it was time for me to go back to work full-time, my son Nick was two years old, and I knew that if I was leaving him, it had to be for more than a paycheck. I wanted him to learn that the world was bigger than our family and that his impact in the world could be whatever he made it. When I saw this position I knew it would fulfill that need. In my role I am able to meet my work/life balance and take care of my family, and at the same time I am able to teach my boys the value of giving back at a level I never dreamed possible. There is nothing better than taking my 10 year old to the Oldham County Mobile Pantry and watching him serve others, or taking the kids to a community event in Shelby County to hand out books to children. No other job, no other employer would have given me that.
What are some of the highlights working for Metro United Way?
I have the great pleasure of working and serving in my community. For the last 9 years, I have been blessed to be able to work with and grow relationships with amazing leaders in Shelby, Oldham and Bullitt Counties. I would never have had a chance to meet these people and grow these relationships anywhere else - they are the best part of my job and they are the ones that keep me going when I get down.
What has been your biggest accomplishment during your time so far at Metro United Way?
There have been a lot but I think the biggest has to be seeing Bullitt County grow from a $30,000 annual campaign with minimal volunteer voice to an almost $200,000 campaign with a Board Member who now serves on the Executive Committee. I am so thrilled with the success of Beam Suntory and JOM Pharmaceutical Services as leaders down there and we are more determined then ever to keep growing the resources for this community.
How do you view your role in our community?
I am the "United Way Lady." I love being out in the communities. I love being with the leaders and feeling the energy that comes from true passion and love of community. I am truly blessed to be the United Way Lady and I want to continue growing and strengthening our voice and our place in Shelby, Oldham and Bullitt Counties.