United Way Board Spotlight: Diane Meyer
Diane Meyer is one of our newest board members to join the United Way of 1000 lakes, but was originally introduced as a Campaign Coordinator for MDI 5 years ago. Her position at MDI is an Employment Supports Supervisor for both the Cohasset and Grand Rapids locations, and continues to support our annual campaign in the fall with her work place. Diane enjoys exploring many countries and cultures of the world, but loves especially traveling with her husband around the northern part of Minnesota whether on bicycle, motorcycle, boat, snowmobile or motor home. Diane also was just blessed with her first granddaughter 15 months ago!
What inspired you to be involved with United Way?
When I began as the United Way campaign coordinator at MDI, I didn’t have a lot of knowledge about United Way and how involved it was in improving the health and wellbeing of our community; my eyes where quickly opened! There are so many organizations that United Way supports and I feel that I have so much more to learn about the programs and the huge impact they make on our community.
What is the most rewarding thing you have taken from this experience?
The most rewarding thing I have taken away from this experience is being a new comer to the United Way Board and having the opportunity to serve on the Community Investment “Health” Committee. It has been an uplifting experience. Visiting the organizations and hearing how they serve our community and the impact they have on people’s lives, is truly amazing to me.
What is one word you would use to sum up United Way’s work?
What impresses you most about Itasca?
What impresses me the most about Itasca County is the variety of community activities that involve our diverse population. It is truly remarkable that there are so many people that have a passion for helping others.
What is one thing about United Way that you think most people don’t know?
One word would sum it up…Local!
99% of the monetary contributions made to United Way stay in Itasca County which helps to support local non-profit organization that are making a difference in the lives of the people they work with. Community members can also donate their time by participating in one of the many events and the various committees that are accepting volunteers throughout the year.
What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in United Way?
My advice is to ask questions or check out the website. Also, learn about the different programs and services that are supported by United Way, and recognize the ones that may have enhanced the life of someone you know. Your investment will assist United Way in their commitment to helping a child achieve their potential, helping seniors and people with disabilities improve their health and independence, or helping families become stable and financially independent. We can all make a difference.