Our monthly Volunteer Spotlight recognizes Town of Palm Beach United Way volunteers who are passionate, inspiring and dedicated. They are individuals committed to transforming lives and who invest in our vision of building healthy and strong communities.
Aleese Kopf has been a volunteer at the Town of Palm Beach United Way for 4 years. Aleese serves on our Allocation Committee. We sat down with Aleese to ask her a few questions about volunteering at the Town of Palm Beach United Way and what it means to her.
What made you choose to volunteer with the Town of Palm Beach United Way?
My previous boss Joyce Reingold, former publisher of the Palm Beach Daily News, had recommended that I join the Allocations Committee. I had recently been hired at the Shiny Sheet and she thought it’d be a good way for me to get involved with the community and represent the paper. I haven’t looked back since! I’ve been an allocations volunteer now for four years because I believe in the organization, respect its leaders and support the process.
What do you like most about volunteering with the Town of Palm Beach United Way?
I like most that I get exposed to such a variety of inspiring organizations, worthy causes and passionate people. I enjoy learning about the impact these groups make and how donor dollars can go toward assisting their endeavors.
What have you learned by being a volunteer with us?
I had no idea how many non-profit organizations serve Palm Beach County. I learned there are more people trying to make a difference in the community than I ever imagined. I’ve also learned that certain organizations are much more effective than others in meeting the community’s needs. The United Way has really helped me understand the behind-the-scenes aspects of non-profit administration and how important good leadership is to an organization. I’ve learned how to better scrutinize programs to truly make sure every donor dollar is used to its full potential.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering?
Running (or pretty much doing anything outside), working, Netflix binging, or traveling (or planning for my next travel).