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Four great reasons you should join a United Way affinity group

December 21, 2018

By Emily Lawrence, affinity groups manager

Looking for a way to meet new people and connect your passions to purpose? United Way affinity groups help leadership donors connect with like-minded professionals and to the causes they care about. Through Atlantic Circle, a group for young professionals (ages 20-40) who contribute $500 annually, and Women United, a group for women leaders who contribute $1000 or more annually, changemakers in Northeast Florida work together to build a stronger community for all. From volunteering to networking events, United Way affinity groups offer members a chance to socialize, make a difference and learn more about their community.

Here are the top four reasons you should join a United Way affinity group:

1. Social Networking

Experts agree — the most connected people are often the most successful, according to Top Resume. With more than 500 members each, you’re sure to expand your network for personal and professional development opportunities by joining a United Way affinity group. As a member, you’ll have access to social events, connect with United Way’s most influential donors and meet community-minded people who share your passions and interests. Previous events have taken place at some of Jacksonville’s most popular venues such as Intuition Ale Works, MOSH rooftop, Moxie Kitchen and Cocktails and more.

2. Volunteering

It takes more than fundraising to bring about change. That’s why our affinity group members contribute their time as well. With regular volunteer projects with United Way and its partners, members can always expect a rewarding and meaningful opportunity to give back to their community.

3. Professional Development

As a member of a United Way affinity group, you’ll receive access to exclusive professional development events where community leaders from various industries discuss their professional and philanthropic success. The opportunity to learn from Jacksonville’s most prominent community leaders is emphasized in our Stein Fellowship, an initiative that matches Atlantic Circle members with United Way’s premier leaders in giving, Tocqueville Society.

4. Understanding the needs of our community

Understanding the needs of the community you serve is key to creating positive, lasting change. United Way affinity group events are awesome opportunities to learn about our community’s toughest challenges and the collective work being done to solve them.

From becoming an informed community leader to networking with Jacksonville’s best and brightest, there are many benefits to joining a United Way affinity group. For more information on how you can get involved, contact Emily Lawrence, affinity groups manager, at emilyl@nulluwnefl.org.