Stories Across the Agency: Giving with the Learning Communities Foundation
An Introduction to LCF's Newest Director, Wendy Armour
As we begin the new year with the United Way Workplace Giving Campaign, we asked the Learning Communities Foundation’s (LCF) newest Director Wendy Armour to share her perspective on the importance of giving in her work.
PSESD: What led you to become the Director of the Learning Communities Foundation with Puget Sound ESD?
Wendy Armour: In my career, I have worked and volunteered with many organizations that work to serve others, and the LCF’s mission aligns nicely with this. I am really excited to work in a capacity to positively impact not only kids’ lives, but the lives of families too! In my work with Educare Seattle, I get to witness the shaping of young lives through education, and my work with the Emergency Fund allows me to directly assist families in need. For these reasons, I love my job!
PSESD: In your eyes, what makes the work of United Way so important?
WA: The ability to combine many resources to stretch them further allows United Way to help so many organizations that are filling the gaps for people in need.
PSESD: Can you tell us a bit about your previous connection to United Way?
WA: I had the pleasure of working at the United Way of King County as a Donor Relations Manager (Major Gifts Officer) for over two and a half years. During this time I was able to see first-hand how the work of many of the organizations that the United Way supports is filling the gap for countless communities in need.
The ability to combine many resources to stretch them further allows United Way to help so many organizations that are filling the gaps for people in need.
PSESD: How has your time with United Way informed your work with the Learning Communities Foundation (LCF)?
WA: Because of my work at the United Way of King County, I am able to use my fundraising skills as well as connections that I made when I was there. Additionally, I learned how to run a lean organization, and how to connect with direct service organizations.
PSESD: Can you describe a little bit about what you do with the LCF?
WA: I fundraise for sustainability for Educare Seattle and manage the Emergency Fund to assist PSESD families in need.
PSESD:What do you wish more people knew about the LCF?
WA: I wish more people knew how much the LCF has helped the families of PSESD through the Emergency Fund. This fund provides assistance to families in need that have a child in any one of the education programs of PSESD. If you’re interested in learning more about the Emergency Fund, you can contact the family coordinator or advocate of your program or school for more information.
Remember that the Giving Campaign goes through February 1st, 2019, so you still have time to participate! You can donate at this link.
“Stories Across the Agency”is a new monthly column dedicated to the stories of the people who make up Puget Sound ESD. With over 100 programs across King County, Pierce County, and Bainbridge Island, our goal is to share the experiences of staff throughout the agency to increase awareness around the collective impact of our work. If you or someone you know is interested in sharing stories from your work, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.