Neighbor to Neighbor
Lisa Hoff: Northshore Mining and United Way on the North Shore advocate
Wherever Lisa Hoff turns, United Way is there. Her first encounter with United Way came while working for a non-profit organization in Tofte – Birch Grove Foundation. She applied and interviewed to receive funding through United Way, and saw the strong role United Way played in supporting local non-profit organizations.
Lisa now works for Northshore Mining in Silver Bay, but remembers United Way’s work and mission. Each year she is part of a team that heads up a workplace campaign and encourages co-workers to give to United Way because it will help organizations meet the needs of their community members. Organizations like Birch Grove Foundation. “I’ve been in those organization’s shoes,” said Lisa. “I understand what they’re going through, and that they need the funding to help their clients.”
While helping out with workplace campaigns, Lisa is sure to inform everyone that their money stays local and helps the community they live in. She describes United Way as a “hometown place. It’s you and me giving to help our neighbors, and it truly has a positive effect.”
Lisa served on United Way’s volunteer allocations committee twice. The committee is made up of a variety of community volunteers who review and evaluate agency funding applications and decide where funding will have the most impact. Lisa not only helped local non-profits continue their services, but also formed an important community connection.
“Through my involvement with the allocations committee, I learned about a non-profit organization in Silver Bay that I had never heard of,” said Lisa. “My daughter and I now volunteer with them.”
United Way on the North Shore creates healthier communities by supporting health and independence, nurturing children and families, and meeting basic needs.
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