Where mission and methods mesh

By Victor Paul Alvarez
Contributing Writer
The United Way of Rhode Island’s mission is nothing short of changing this corner of the world. The nonprofit believes that if people have a high-quality educational experience, if they can earn and manage money, and if they can live in stable and affordable housing, everyone will benefit. More

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Where mission and methods mesh

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MAKING MISSION MATTER: United Way works to make the community a better place to live with initiatives like United Way 2-1-1, which was honored at the Statehouse in February.
By Victor Paul Alvarez
Contributing Writer
Posted 6/25/12

The United Way of Rhode Island’s mission is nothing short of changing this corner of the world. The nonprofit believes that if people have a high-quality educational experience, if they can earn and manage money, and if they can live in stable and affordable housing, everyone will benefit.

A company that is dedicated to building a better world could be forgiven for not stopping to make sure its employees have a decent place to work. But this is not the case at the United Way’s Providence location.

“We have a hard-working staff that is very committed to working together as a team, in a family-friendly atmosphere, which makes it a great place to work every day,” said Lynn Corwin, director of human resources.

The quality of the work environment is enhanced by its strength of purpose. Corwin said her favorite aspect of working there is the company’s mission and the camaraderie amongst the staff of 59. “We strive to build a better community for everyone who lives and works in Rhode Island,” she said.

One of the ways they achieve that goal is by recruiting a staff that is representative of the community they serve. The United Way recruits diverse candidates through an active involvement with Rhode Island Affirmative Action Professionals.

Employees are treated to a bonus plan that is linked directly to performance. They are also encouraged to invest in their own development, Corwin said.

“Every employee has an individual training plan for the year, which is developed by the employee and their manager,” she said. •

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