Tuesday, July 21, 2009

United Way’s Kick off creates positive ripples August 6

What change can you create by holding open the door? Saying Please or Thank you? Smiling more? Volunteering to help someone who needs a hand? Advocating for someone without a voice? Giving $1, $10, $100 or more? What if this small action inspired someone else?

All of these small deeds are the exact action needed to create change, no matter how complex a problem seems.

At the United Way Kick off & Training, August 6 from 7:30-9 a.m. at Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Paul Wesselman will share how small actions have great impacts.

Paul is founder of Stone Soup Seminars, but you may already know him from The Ripples Project, a weekly e-mail with a quote, point to ponder and reflection from Paul about putting positive actions into practice (fondly referred to as Pebble, Stone and Boulder).

We saw Paul speak at our annual United Way conference ... and we knew instantly we wanted him to help us energize our hard working volunteers.

This dream became a reality when Paul launched the uRock Road Trip – unleashing Ripples of Compassion and Kindness.

Paul is donating his time to help reveal the value of these small actions and how we can LIVE UNITED every day—including raising money to create opportunities for everyone in the Marshfield area.

Kick off will also feature local Girl Scout Kelly Guden and her Gold Award Project: Pay It Forward, a focus on creating a chain of small actions to change the world.

For more information about Pay it Forward visit http://payitforward-goldaward.webs.com/. Start your own chain, spread the word and go to the site to report back to Kelly.

You are invited to Kick off. $5 suggested donation, breakfast is provided. Seating is limited, please RSVP today. Call 384-9992 or e-mail unitedway@tznet.com.

Immediately following Kick off is a new combined training for our Employee Campaign Coordinators and Community Volunteers who deliver campaign packets. This is the time to learn about what’s new, get materials—including packets to deliver—and learn best practices for a successful campaign. We encourage new coordinators to seasoned pros to attend, there’s something for everyone.

Check out Paul’s Web sites: www.theripplesproject.org and www.paulwesselman.com.

For more information about Kick off and how Marshfield Area United Way is advancing the common good through positive ripples, visit www.marshfieldareaunitedway.org.

Stacey Oelrich, Marshfield Area United Way’s communication director can be reached at unitedway.stacey@tznet.com.

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