A recognizable name and a well-loved person in the community. Also a big supporter of United Way of North Idaho (UWNI).
We always seek to best understand the local issues by listening to our community and bringing people together for discussion on how or who can help. Long-term solutions are our goal. A pertinent piece of the puzzle, that certainly does not get the deserved attention, is the local people giving their time, treasure and talent, day in and day out, to support their community and help those in need.
As we dive deeper into complexities and share more about our work, we are also getting to know our stakeholders even better. We reached out to Jan Tymesen to learn about her history with UWNI and what keeps her coming back.
Thank you, Jan; our community is lucky to have you! You make a difference and we greatly appreciate your support!
Q & A with Jan T.
How did you first hear about our organization?
I was young, in my early 30's, working for the bank and it was an annual drive to set up automatic giving through payroll deductions. I volunteered with the organization under many different roles and eventually served on the Board of Directors for a time being.
What made you decide to give your first gift?
It was a big deal annually to have some sort of event to encourage employees to give. I just joined along, not really understanding the true needs of the community like I do now.
Why do you enjoy giving to this organization?
It's local and helps so many different organizations, doing the leg work of really knowing what organizations need the most help and are legit.
What is your favorite UWNI program/service to donate to?
Anything tied to the ALICE project.
What do you hope to accomplish through your philanthropy?
Touch lives, even if they don't know the source of who is helping them.
If you were talking to someone else about giving to our organization, what would you tell them?
There are so many needs in our community and ways to help. United Way is just one of many great organizations and has a history of being good stewards of your dollars and really making a difference.
What do you wish everyone knew about this cause?
That giving to United Way should not stop when a person retires and the payroll deduction ends. HR departments should be partners with United Way in helping retiring employees continue their giving to United Way. We are a community of many retired people and it would be nice to keep them involved in a habit that they may have had their entire working careers - giving to the local United Way.
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Learn more about Jan's favorite cause: ALICE
"Helping people doesn’t have to be an unsound financial strategy." -Melinda French Gates