Just because we’re social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t still bond while supporting each other during the coronavirus pandemic. Recently, more than 30 of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Emerging Leaders came together for a virtual volunteering event over Zoom.
The event kicked off with Mark Pollack, Senior Director, Community Impact Operations, speaking to the group where they together learned more about the impact of the Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund, before breaking out into smaller groups to network and write notes of encouragement to the residents at Autumn Leaves Senior Living Community. The group also came together to send items from an Amazon Wish List, providing more than $900 worth of new gifts like adult coloring books and games to keep the residents entertained while they are under quarantine.
“Everyone had a great time gathering virtually, getting to know one another a little better and doing some good for our neighbors,” said Mills Chenot, Leadership Giving Officer at United Way.
“Autumn Leaves continues to be blown away by the community’s support during this time to bring fun activities to our residents,” said Theresa Lewis, Company Strategic Coordinator at Autumn Leaves. “Today we would like to say a huge thank you to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. They went above and beyond to bless our residents.”
The volunteers got as much out of it as they gave. “I kept hearing about people in Dallas being impacted by the virus and I knew I want to help but I didn’t know how. I appreciated the United Way Emerging Leaders figuring out the logistics of who and how I could help while staying at home. Getting to take a short break from work to chat with other isolated young professionals across the city was an added bonus,” said fellow Emerging Leader Adam Torma, Texas Instruments and Co-Chair of Emerging Leaders Steering Committee.