Leaving a Legacy
Stephanie Cummings: Wells Fargo
Twenty-five years ago, Stephanie Cummings was welcomed into
her new job at Norwest Bank with a 20-minute explanation of why the company
values United Way. Today, she is the district manager for the same company, now
Wells Fargo, and is a strong advocate for Head of the Lakes United Way.
Stephanie’s involvement started with payroll deduction, and
since 2004, she coordinates Wells Fargo’s “Spirit Week.” Monday is dedicated to
educating employees about the opportunity to give through a payroll deduction.
For the remainder of the week, each day has a fun theme to get people excited
about supporting United Way. For example, Tuesday is jersey day. Employees
donate $5 to break the dress code and support their favorite team. Other
examples include potlucks and mini-golf tournaments. Wells Fargo raises between
$500-$800 during Spirit Week, with all proceeds going to Head of the Lakes United Way.
In addition to Spirit Week, Stephanie also travels around
Duluth and encourages CEO’s to get involved with United Way through employee
payroll deductions or corporate donations. Have you attended a Head of the Lakes United Way event? Stephanie was probably volunteering. “I believe in United
Way because I’ve seen what it can do, and I believe in where our money goes,”
Three years ago, Wells Fargo partnered with Neighborhood
Youth Services to sponsor a fishing day. Employees gathered fishing supplies,
and donated them to the kids who went on a daylong fishing excursion. “It was an amazing partnership,” Stephanie
said. “Little stories like that make the biggest difference for me.”
|Stephanie (left) with Helen, a speaker at United Way's
Campaign Celebration, and board member, Lisa Erwin.
“If we’re going to turn this city into a beautiful place and
leave a legacy, then we need to give back here. We need to educate ourselves
and be aware of what’s going on two blocks from our homes and workplaces,”
Stephanie said. “We can make a difference.”
Head of the Lakes United Way works with agencies and
community volunteers to invest wisely in our community to create real, lasting
changes in the areas of education, income, health, and basic needs.