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Get to Know Pam Cottle

This month, we go to Butler County United Way to get to know Pam Cottle a little better. As the Vice President of Operations, Pam's responsibilities cover many gamuts, "from 'the kitchen sink is clogged' to presenting to the Board of Trustees."

Find out more about who she is at work and at home, in this month's Caring in Common Spotlight.

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Caring in Common: A Customer Spotlight on Pam Cottle

 


 

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Pam Cottle
Vice President, Operations
Butler County United Way
Hamilton, OH, USA

 


 

How long have you been working for your organization?

4.5 years.

What’s a typical day in your role like?

When your title is ‘operations,’ that could mean anything from “the kitchen sink is clogged” to presenting to the Board of Trustees. I interact with Community Impact, Resource Development, Volunteering, Database, Finance, as well as handle all Marketing and Communications for our organization. It depends on what season of the year we are in to figure out which area will take priority that day.

What motivates you to come to work every day?

I have always worked. I grew up on a 1,500-acre farm with lots of chores; feeding cattle and pigs, baling hay, tending to horses, or simply helping my Mom make lunch to take to the fields for my Dad and brothers. It was a great upbringing which instilled a sense of work ethic in me. I had no idea what “sleeping in” meant as we were usually up no later than 7 AM, even in the summer. I’ve worked for for-profit companies, I’ve owned my own business (for four and a half terrifying years!), and I now work for a nonprofit organization, and I love my job!

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Above: A United Way billboard reminding the community that they are not alone and can call 211 for help.

What’s your favourite aspect of your job?

Interacting with our staff, knowing that what we are working toward will ultimately help people in our community become self-sustaining citizens. With a team of five full-time and two part-time staff, we are small but mighty!

Tackling different projects helps to keep things fresh. During my first year as a Butler County United Way employee, I attended the Andar Users Group conference in Tampa. It was announced that a host was needed for the following year. I came home and suggested to our president that we throw our name in the hat to host the conference, and she gave me the green light. We submitted a proposal and, shockingly, we were awarded the conference for the next two years. What a great experience! Ohio certainly isn’t the beach or the mountains, but we sure had fun at Top Golf! 

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Above: Pam with other attendees at the Andar Software Users Group Conference event at Top Golf.

What are your biggest professional challenges?

There are lots of people who need to understand that sometimes they can’t do it on their own, and there should be no shame in asking for help to get back on their feet. Communicating that to the communities we serve is a challenge that I gladly accept.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor? Can you tell us why?

There are many people that I admire for different reasons, so I can’t pick just one. I think we continually learn from each other (good things and bad things) as a way to better ourselves. However, I suppose I will be ordinary and choose my parents. They are both ninety-three years old and going strong. My Dad still has a four-wheeler that he rides around on the farm with, and this year planted a garden with forty-five tomato plants! Does anyone need tomatoes? My Mom still cans tomatoes and beans from that garden. That work ethic I spoke of before? That’s where it comes from.

What’s your personal mantra?

“This, too, shall pass.”

Do you have hobbies outside of work? What are they?

I love to cook and enjoy feeding people who like to eat! I enjoy watching sports, even the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals, who can break your heart every time they play. I am continuing to tear apart my house and put it back together again and even learned to lay the tile floor that is in my kitchen. My next project is to finish my basement.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

I suppose it has to be reality television. 'Married At First Sight' is a favorite. I also love 'Big Little Lies' and 'Shameless.' Somehow, shows like this make me feel better about myself!

 

 


 

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Caring in Common is a spotlight series that showcases different nonprofit professionals on the last Friday of each month. The goal is to highlight Andar Software customers from all walks of life, levels of experience, and areas of expertise. Their answers will inspire you, give you insight about the nonprofit industry, and motivate you on both a professional and personal level.

Meet Martina Wilson in Our Caring in Common Spotlight

Martina is a Resource Development Assistant at United Way of the Central Savannah River Area. She tells us that "attitude is everything! We all face challenges and difficulties. How we handle them makes all the difference."

We couldn't agree more. Read her 'Caring in Common' entry to get to know her better.

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Caring in Common: A Customer Spotlight on Martina Wilson

 


 

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Martina M. Wilson
Resource Development Assistant
United Way of the CSRA
Central Savannah River Area, GA, USA

 


 

How long have you been working for your organization?

I’ve been with the organization for 7 years.

What’s a typical day in your role like?

A typical day for me includes processing campaign envelopes and providing support in various ways to my department. This might entail making gift baskets for a workplace presentation or agency fair, as well as coordinating projects for our volunteer ladies.

What motivates you to come to work every day?

I am motivated by the smart, funny, & creative women I work with every day. We enjoy what we do here in our different roles, and we support and encourage one another, be it personally or professionally. We are like one large family with lots of characters!

What’s your favourite aspect of your job?

I love success stories! We hear a lot of heart-wrenching stuff in this business, but when you get to hear or even meet someone who has overcome their challenges, there is absolutely no better feeling. It always confirms for me that we need each other, and there is always something we can do to make the way better for someone else.

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Above: Martina joined the celebration at United Way of CSRA's 2017 campaign kickoff. They had a colourful carnival theme to mark the occasion!

What are your biggest professional challenges?

We’ve recently gone through some major staff changes, so keeping up with what’s new, what’s out, new priorities… what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger… channeling my inner Kelly Clarkson!

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor? Can you tell us why?

I would choose the Proverbs 31 Woman, a biblical character. She makes multitasking seem easy! She is diligent, organized, and thoughtful. In all that she does, not only is she successful, but she is a blessing to others as well. My hope is that in my daily living, I am helpful and not a hindrance to others.

What’s your personal mantra?

Attitude is everything! We all face challenges and difficulties. How we handle them makes all the difference.

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Above: Martina is holding her favourite little person in her arms, her beautiful granddaughter.

Do you have hobbies outside of work? What are they?

My current hobby is taking care of the home I purchased last fall. I am enjoying making it a place of simple beauty and comfort for all who visit.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Pizza!!! I love it!!! While I can eat it almost daily, I limit it to about once every few months. I had some the other day, and it was delicious! I’m good for a while now.

 

 


 

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Caring in Common is a spotlight series that showcases different nonprofit professionals on the last Friday of each month. The goal is to highlight Andar Software customers from all walks of life, levels of experience, and areas of expertise. Their answers will inspire you, give you insight about the nonprofit industry, and motivate you on both a professional and personal level.

Today, the Spotlight is on Brianna Padron

Brianna tells us that relaying information to designated agencies in a way that makes sense to them is one of her bigger challenges at work.

Read on to learn more about the great work she does at United Way of Greater Portland!

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Caring in Common: A Customer Spotlight on Brianna Padron

 


 

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Brianna Padron
Pledge Services Manager
United Way of Greater Portland
Portland, ME, USA

 


 

How long have you been working for your organization?

1.5 years.

What’s a typical day in your role like?

There aren’t many typical days in this position. I’m usually busy working within Donor Choice to ensure payouts run smoothly, or I am project managing our e-Pledge campaigns. Every day is always something new and exciting!

What motivates you to come to work every day?

What motivates me is coming up with ideas that will help make procedures more efficient while working cohesively with a team to further help our community. Before moving to Maine, when living in New York, I was with another United Way, United Way of the Adirondack Region. From there, my connection with United Way’s mission really grew.

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Above: Brianna with her dog Nala exploring some local trails and parks.

What’s your favourite aspect of your job?

My favorite aspect of my job is having the opportunity to work in a cross-functional role and see how different departments in our organization work together to help our community. 

What are your biggest professional challenges?

My biggest professional challenge is relaying information to designated agencies in a way that makes sense to them. Working with a lot of smaller nonprofits, it is often confusing to understand how United Ways operate and how each one is different. When performing payouts and sending correspondence, I try to make it as easy for them as possible to understand what funds they are receiving and why.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor? Can you tell us why?

If I could choose anyone, I would choose Melinda Gates. Not only has she had a successful career, but she is also an astonishing leader. Mrs. Gates worked diligently in her career as a Microsoft Exec and now is successfully running a charitable foundation. Her drive and motivation to help people around the world are traits that are truly admirable.

What’s your personal mantra?

“It’s all good.” Whenever I come across a stressful or tense situation in my work or personal life, I find I am constantly saying this to myself internally and to others. It’s important to me to focus on the solutions instead of the problems. Keeping a positive attitude is the best way to ensure the solution is obtainable.

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Above: One of Brianna’s most recent adventures was hiking in the White Mountains. The views were amazing and the best part of it all was hiking it with her significant other, Nick.

Do you have hobbies outside of work? What are they?

When I’m not at work, I love to be either relaxing with my dog, exercising, or just being outside. I am happiest when I am hiking a mountain, floating on the lake, or sitting by a cozy fire in my backyard.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Eating sweets and hanging out with my dog.

 

 


 

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Caring in Common is a spotlight series that showcases different nonprofit professionals on the last Friday of each month. The goal is to highlight Andar Software customers from all walks of life, levels of experience, and areas of expertise. Their answers will inspire you, give you insight about the nonprofit industry, and motivate you on both a professional and personal level.

Meet Lindsey, Member Services Specialist KNKX Public Radio

Today, we get to know Lindsey Moyer, who works at KNKX Public Radio in Tacoma Washington as a Member Services Specialist. Lindsey tells us what her day-to-day activities at the office are like, and what her favourite aspects of her job are. Read on to get to know her!

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Lindsey Moyer
Member Services Specialist
KNKX Public Radio
Tacoma, WA, USA

 


 

How long have you been working for your organization?

I have been with KNKX for just over 5 years.

What’s a typical day in your role like?

In my day-to-day, I perform a lot of correspondence with our listeners and donors. I manage the monthly giving program of over 13,000 members, so a lot of time is spent updating contact and payment details and adjusting and processing pledges. I maintain the online donation forms and make edits as needed.

I also create and send email and mail correspondence related to the annual fund as well as various other tasks that come up such as member surveys, creating and implementing new procedures, and assisting with annual fundraising planning.

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Above: Lindsey and her co-worker Stephanie Crouch at a work event.

What motivates you to come to work every day?

What motivates me to come to work every day is knowing the impact our station has on our local community (Seattle/Tacoma area) and beyond. A couple of years ago, the station was almost sold, but the community saved us and showing up every day to make sure our listeners get their needs met is motivating and inspiring. I also have really amazing colleagues that make it a great spot to work!

What’s your favourite aspect of your job?

I have a few favorite aspects! One is learning new things and that every day is different. I always strive to continue learning and growing my skillset, and I love when I'm given new tasks or challenges to complete and make my own.

I also enjoy solving donor inquiries that may not be straight forward, resolving the issues that arise, and looking for discrepancies in data. Lastly, I love helping out at events and meeting our listeners and donors. It always reminds me of the importance of the work we do in public media, and the value we have in the community.

What are your biggest professional challenges?

I'd say the biggest challenge in working for a smaller nonprofit is there are always a lot of wonderful ideas and room for creativity and growth, but not enough people or hours in the day to implement everything we want to accomplish.

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Above: Lindsey enjoying some time away from work at a musical.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor? Can you tell us why?

I would choose Dr. Sylvia Earle, who is a marine biologist and was the first female chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. My passion lies with ocean conservation, and I admire that she carved her path and has dedicated her career to saving the world's oceans. I would want to know how she learned to take risks and how to make the biggest difference possible for our planet.

What’s your personal mantra?

"Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know." – A.A. Milne. This quote always reminds me that I'm fortunate to have a lot of love and support around me and that I am capable of doing anything I put my mind to.

Do you have hobbies outside of work? What are they?

Yes! I volunteer with several environmental organizations, including Wolf Haven International in Tenino, WA, and with the South Sound Surfrider Chapter as Volunteer Coordinator and water sampler. I also enjoy reading, being in nature as much as I can, and going to concerts with my sister.

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Above: Lindsey loves being surrounded by nature, here she's enjoying beautiful Sedona!

What’s your guilty pleasure?

There’s always room for ice cream!

 

 


 

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Caring in Common is a spotlight series that showcases different nonprofit professionals on the last Friday of each month. The goal is to highlight Andar Software customers from all walks of life, levels of experience, and areas of expertise. Their answers will inspire you, give you insight about the nonprofit industry, and motivate you on both a professional and personal level.

Today's Spotlight: Zachary Beasley, III

Zachary Beasley, III is a Community Impact Strategist at River Region United Way in Montgomery, AL. He shared with us his hobbies outside of work, his motivation for work, and some pretty awesome photos.

We asked him a lot of questions, but what was our favourite answer? His personal mantra: "Serving is not what I do; it's who I am."

Read on to get to know him better!

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Caring in Common: A Customer Spotlight on Zachary Beasley

 


 

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Zachary Beasley, II
Community Impact Strategist
River Region United Way
Montgomery, AL, USA

 


 

How long have you been working for your organization?

Four years.

What’s a typical day in your role like?

Here at the River Region United Way (RRUW), I work with over 100 volunteers to respond to immediate needs, assess the needs of the community, and advocate on their behalf.

My day varies based on the time of year. Daily, I receive requests for immediate assistance for disaster relief/emergency assistance (i.e., house fire, eviction, or even relocation due to domestic violence). During the Fall, I work closely with our Community Impact Council (CIC) to identify the greatest needs in our Five County Region (Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon, and Montgomery). Once these needs are identified, the Allocations Committee (AC) calls for grant/agency applications to address these needs which are hosted through Andar.

In the Spring, I work alongside our volunteers to allocate funds to address the needs that were identified by the CIC in the annual needs assessment and provide accountability to those agencies through measuring outcomes they report.

During the summer months, I work closely with community leaders to encourage summer reading amongst elementary students. We improve the quality of life of our community through addressing the health, education, financial stability, and basic needs of the youth we work with through our Days of Action project. This year, our program is designed to teach children how food is grown, the importance of proper diet and nutrition through reading and activities.

Then there is a short break before the Fall, and we gear up to assess the needs of the community.

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Above: Zachary participating in the 2019 Days of Action.

What motivates you to come to work every day?

I wake up every morning, ready to come to work, knowing that the work I do today creates a better future for the next generation.

What’s your favourite aspect of your job?

The thing I love most about my job is knowing that what I do directly impacts our community in a meaningful way!

What are your biggest professional challenges?

My biggest professional challenge is knowing that the needs always outweigh the resources.

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Above: Many United Way events wouldn't be possible without the participation of community partners. Seen here, Zachary thanking the Learning Table Community Education Partners.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor? Can you tell us why?

If I could choose anyone as a mentor, I would select Dave Ramsey. Dave is a Christian, financial counselor, businessman, and radio host who encourages his listeners to “dump their debt, take control of their money, and learn new behaviors around money that are founded on commitment and accountability.” By following Dave’s principles, my family and I have greatly benefited from his advice.

What’s your personal mantra?

Serving is not what I do; it’s who I am.

Do you have hobbies outside of work? What are they?

From an early age, I took a great interest in architecture. Paired with a passion to serve, I purchase old houses, renovate them, and offer them back to the community at a subsidized rate via leasing/buying.

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Above: Another hobby of Zachary's is kayaking.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is Haribo’s Gummy Dinosaurs.

 

 


 

Carring in Common - Get to know other Andar fans who care about making #impact as much as you do.

 

Caring in Common is a spotlight series that showcases different nonprofit professionals on the last Friday of each month. The goal is to highlight Andar Software customers from all walks of life, levels of experience, and areas of expertise. Their answers will inspire you, give you insight about the nonprofit industry, and motivate you on both a professional and personal level.