Charlie West to Spearhead United Way Young Leaders as Executive Committee Chair
Posted on May 15, 2012
MIAMI – May 15, 2012– Charlie West of Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants will serve as the United Way Young Leader executive committee chair for the 2012 campaign, from July 1, 2012- June 30, 2013. A dedicated and enthusiastic United Way volunteer since his teenage years, West first became involved in Young Leaders through the Greater Twin Cities United Way, where he also acted as employee campaign manager for UPS.
As executive committee chair, West will be active in fostering participation from current Young Leaders, a group comprised of 1,000 up-and-comers who each make an annual gift of $1,000 or more, and enjoy networking, volunteering, as well as personal and professional growth opportunities. West will also help to grow the program, mentor those already on the executive committee and will serve as a Young Leader Ambassador.
“Charlie is United Way true and blue. One minute he is running the campaign at his workplace, the next minute he is building houses for the homeless, collecting toys to distribute to children at one of our programs, sporting his Live United T-shirt around town or giving a speech in his Toastmasters class about getting involved,” Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade, said. “His commitment to United Way is nothing short of inspiring.”
Since the age of 16, West has been active in his employers’ annual United Way campaigns. Today, he manages the employee campaign for Berkowitz Pollack Brant, where he works as an accountant. The firm’s campaign increased by 30 percent this year, in large part due to his efforts.
Beyond running a successful campaign, West volunteers on various United Way committees. In 2009, he became involved in the organization’s community investment process by joining the Response Fund Allocation Committee, which addresses priority gaps and emerging needs in the areas of children, youth, elderly, families, health and financial stability. Following his Response Fund involvement, he joined the Youth Impact Council, where he applies his accounting skills and has a direct role in allocating community funds.
About United Way of Miami-Dade
For nearly 90 years, United Way of Miami-Dade has been an innovative force in the community with a long and successful track record of responding to emerging needs and transforming people’s lives. Today our work is focused on education, financial stability and health—the building blocks of a good life. We invest in quality programs, advocate for better policies, engage people in the community and generate resources. To learn more, give, advocate or volunteer, visit www.unitedwaymiami.org, www.facebook.com/UnitedWayMiami or www.twitter.com/UnitedWayMiami.