Metro United Way Employee Spotlight: Kim Lansdell
Community Giving Manager
Describe what you do at Metro United Way (MUW):
We are very fortunate to have over 900 companies and thousands of individuals in our community who invest in Metro United Way through volunteering, personal donations, and corporate donations. My role as a Community Giving Manager is to build great relationships with our partners and connect them to year-round opportunities to Give, Advocate and Volunteer. It's an awesome job. I'm on the go a lot working with people in all parts of town and in every kind of industry. No two days are alike. The cool thing is the hearts of the people I work with are all in the same place. They care about making a difference.
What makes Metro United Way stand out as an employer?
We just have a great culture and great people at Metro United Way. It makes me look forward to coming to work every day. There is a lot of fun and creativity on our team. For some reason we are obsessed with skits - we look for any excuse to put on a silly hat or wig and do a skit. We make time to celebrate wins. What it really boils down to for me is that every single person here believes in our work. We appreciate one another and the organization appreciates us.
What are some of the highlights working for Metro United Way?
My Community Giving teammates and I get to judge about 200 company chili cook-offs every year between September and December, which is the peak of our annual campaign season. It's a highlight for sure! But really the best part is the great relationships I have made through MUW.
What has been your biggest accomplishment during your time so far at Metro United Way?
In 2017 I served as the co-chair of our 100th Anniversary Internal Campaign, which is the annual campaign where Metro United Way employees have the opportunity to give financially. MUW's first campaign in 1917 raised about $108,000 community-wide, so we had a bold goal to reach that number as a staff 100 years later in 2017. We did it. I am thrilled to say we had 100% employee participation and our team of 70 people contributed a little over $108,000 to Metro United Way. I think it's a testament to how much our team truly cares and how powerful it is when people come together to do what they can for the community.
How do you view your role in our community?
When I introduce myself to our partners in the community I always seem to say, "I'm your United Way person." I like that description because it makes sense to people and it's true!