Thursday, April 20, 2017
From your friends at United Way Fox Cities
We want to thank Hugh Sloan, AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison, for 28 years of service to United Way Fox Cities. Hugh will be retiring on April 30, after giving the majority of his professional career to United Way.
When Hugh first joined the team, United Way Fox Cities wasn’t even United Way Fox Cities yet! Initially, Hugh was an employee of the United Way of Appleton/Heart of the Valley, which in 1993, merged with the United Way of Neenah-Menasha to become United Way Fox Cities.
Hugh has seen a lot of changes through the years. For one, United Way Fox Cities shifted the way we invest funds in the community to a model called “community impact.” Community impact creates solutions on a large scale, by aligning efforts and working collectively towards goals. Hugh remembers, “When I first started at United Way we raised money and distributed the money to agencies based on number of people served. The change to community impact funding has made a huge difference in serving the needs in our community.”
One of the first projects Hugh was asked to lead during his time at United Way was the creation of a retiree’s club for the Fox Valley Area Labor Council. 28 years later, the club is still going strong with attendance between 80-100 members meeting monthly. In addition, each year the Fox Valley Area Labor Council sponsors a picnic at a Timber Rattlers game for more than 100 participants in SOAR Fox Cities, a nonprofit serving persons with disabilities. Hugh says, “Watching the participants enjoy the game and meet with friends is great!”
Before he retires, Hugh wants to remind everyone to leave non-perishable food donations by mailboxes on May 13, 2017 for the National Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Hugh says, "Stamp Out Hunger is the largest food collection in the nation and fills food pantries to start the summer. Please donate in May!" United Way Worldwide and the AFL-CIO are involved in the food drive as partners. Because of this partnership, Hugh has assisted with the food drive for many years, alongside volunteers from the Fox Valley Area Labor Council.
Hugh says he will miss the interaction with so many dedicated volunteers in our community, but is looking forward to fishing and staying involved in the community as a volunteer himself. Please join us in thanking Hugh for everything he’s done for our community. You can email Hugh at work with a personal message prior to April 28.