DONOR GROUPS

Now is the Time to Be UNITED.

A century ago, they built bridges and tunnels to overcome what divides our region. Today, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania is building something even stronger – a vibrant network of young professionals and volunteers who choose to BE the type of community where they want to live.

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Lead. Impact. Network. Change.

LINC is for young professionals (30 and under) who donate $250+ in support of United Way’s Impact Fund and key initiatives.

Bridges Society

Bridges is for rising community leaders and philanthropists under the age of 45 who contribute $1,000+ and want to take a leadership role to impact our community’s future.

Yasmin Shaheed

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Our Next Generation

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I love that they provide holistic assistance for everyone and anyone, because we all get down and out at times. I’ve been hands-on with them for years, and I really enjoy the organization.

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Yasmin Shaheed
Bridges Society

Yaqi Wo

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Our Next Generation

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Thankfully United Way does a great job of engaging employees from PPG and other companies and it’s become a channel for me to learn where help is needed, and how I could volunteer in things and be useful.

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Yaqi Wo | Research Chemist, PPG
Bridges Society

Monica Stanton

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Our Next Generation

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I’ve been on boards where they always have the same ideas floating around, but with United Way there are always fresh ideas and new things going on, and they always want to know how things are going and how they can make things better. That’s very inspiring to me.

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Monica Stanton | Manger, First National Bank
Bridges Society

Andrew Flowers

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Our Next Generation

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No one has to go it alone — we live and work in this society with our family and friends — and I’ve benefited from that support. I want to take time to help someone else.

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Andrew Flowers | Senior Science & Technology Research Engineer, PPG
Bridges Society

Dan Lavallee

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Our Next Generation

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Because the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a larger organization, it’s just in a much better place to serve the local needs, with local staff on the ground.

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Dan Lavallee | Director, Government and Business Relations, Government Programs, UPMC Health Plan
Bridges Society

Nubia Williams

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Our Next Generation

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I just love the chance to get to know more people, and I think volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community and meet other people who also share a value system that you do.

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Nubia Williams | Coordinator of Recruitment and Family Engagement, Higher Achievement

LINC

Keri Ellis

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Our Next Generation

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Being involved in Bridges Society allows me to interact with a similar demographic of young professionals and opens up so many opportunities to get involved.

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Keri Ellis | Managing Director, Deloitte
Bridges Society

Shane Jakubovic

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Our Next Generation

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Seeing United Way focus on individuals in need, who might be scared to ask for help at times, is great. They provide access to services to people who truly need it — and they do it in a compassionate and caring way.

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Shane Jakubovic | Head of the President’s Office, Covestro LLC
Bridges Society

MATT NEIMAN

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Our Next Generation

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Trust me, I now know firsthand that you can have confidence in how your dollars are spent.

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Matt Neiman | Pittsburgh Regional Manager & Civial Engineer, Borton-Lawson
Bridges Society Member

JOE PARSONS

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Our Next Generation

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Being a Bridges member has allowed me to contribute to the direction of the organization and to meet a lot of outstanding young professionals.

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Joe Parsons | Associate, Jones Day
Bridges Society Member

Maggie Boucher

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Our Next Generation

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From a professional standpoint, my LINC membership has allowed me to network and create more business relationships. From a personal perspective, I have been able to show my kids why giving back is so important and become a positive role model for them.

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Maggie Boucher | Senior Consultant of Employee Benefits, Henderson Brothers
LINC

Julie Patter

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Our Next Generation

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I believe that we all have a duty to contribute to our community and help those who need a hand. Being in a position to give back to this city and its people is an honor.

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Julie Patter | Associate, Cohen & Grigsby
LINC

Maria Blohm

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Our Next Generation

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United Way brings everything together.I appreciate how United Way brings diverse, caring, thoughtful people together from both the business and nonprofit worlds to work toward a common goal.

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Maria Blohm | Managing Director, Audit, KPMG
Bridges Society

Drew Schauble

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Our Next Generation

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These groups, specifically for the next generation of philanthropists have brought new friends into my life, helped spur others to get involved through volunteering and donations, and also brought networking opportunities with peers and senior leaders across Pittsburgh.

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Drew Schauble | Director of Operations and Communications, Heart and Vascular Institute of WVU Medicine
LINC

Justin Binion

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Our Next Generation

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Being part of United Way’s Bridges Society, I’ve been introduced to so many likeminded young professionals. I’ve also been afforded the opportunity to give back to so many different causes that I care about.

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Justin Binion | Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors
Bridges Society

Justin Kruljac

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Our Next Generation

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These college hoodies are a motivator for the students to achieve their goals.

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Justin Kruljac | Commercial Operations, Sales, Covestro
Bridges Society

Shawn Robinson

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Our Next Generation

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I’ve been introduced to so many great men and women around the city. Without my involvement in United Way, we never would have met.

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Shawn Robinson | Director of Data Analytics, EQT Corporation
Bridges Society

Natalie Talpas

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Our Next Generation

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It’s a fact that today’s young professionals care a great deal about the intangibles companies can offer – like being good community stewards.

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Natalie Talpas | Senior Vice President, Group Manager, Digital, PNC
Bridges Society

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LEAD. IMPACT. NETWORK. CHANGE.

If you’re a young professional who is passionate about making an impact on the world around you, welcome to the club. You are definitely not alone. United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania would like to connect you with others who are ready to lead, and willing to give of themselves to make that difference. Membership is available for those under 30 who choose to contribute $250 or more to United Way’s Impact Fund or key initiatives.

This is your opportunity to make a difference. Share your knowledge. Apply your skills. Volunteer. Network with like-minded individuals. Learn from business and community leaders. And most importantly, change lives.

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

  • Meet and network with other young professionals.
  • Attend personal and professional development events.
  • Strengthen your resume with real-world service and membership in a respected organization.
  • And, (did we mention?) have lots of fun.

Lead.Impact.Network.Change Co-Chairs

Julie Patter

Julie Patter

"United Way spoke to me in a different way than other organizations did. I like the age group concept, where we’re all young professionals. We bond differently, and we’re all going through similar things."

SHANE JAKUBOVIC

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"After my first LINC meeting, I was filled with urgency, passion and, most importantly, I knew exactly what I could do to help. I remember being so inspired by the others in the room, spring boarding off ideas, getting excited about new and different ways to help people in need."

Bridges Society

Bridges Society welcomes young professionals under the age of 45 who represent our next generation of leadership in the greater Pittsburgh area. Membership is extended to donors who contribute $1,000+ annually. Members get to enjoy a myriad of benefits including volunteer events, unique professional and personal development opportunities, and exclusive networking events with other community-minded professionals.

This is your opportunity to make a difference. Share your knowledge. Apply your skills. Volunteer. Network with like-minded individuals. Learn from business and community leaders. And most importantly, change lives.

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

    • Exclusive local networking events with community-minded professionals.
    • Valuable professional and personal development opportunities.
    • Participation in high-impact volunteer events.
    • Meeting and interacting with corporate CEO’s in situations where they see your skills on display.
    • Opportunities to work side-by-side with influential community and civic leaders.
Two Convenient Step-Up Plans
  • THREE YEAR PLAN
  • Year One – $500
  • Year Two – $700
  • Year Three – $1,000
  • Year Four – $850
  • Year Five – $1,000
  • FIVE YEAR PLAN
  • Year One – $500
  • Year Two – $600
  • Year Three – $700
  • Year Four – $850
  • Year Five – $1,000

Bridges Society Co-Chairs

Laura Miller

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"I’m part of the Bridges Society and being involved in that group allows me to interact with a similar demographic of young professionals and opens up so many opportunities to get involved, help the community, and network with other people who have similar interests."

Courtney Murphy

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"Being a Bridges member has allowed me to contribute to the direction of the organization and to meet a lot of outstanding young professionals in the area who have similar commitments to service, which leads to more opportunities to get involved."

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