United Way launching Project Blueprint, for diversity, equity and inclusion

(Canton, OH) July 18, 2019 – August 12 will be the first date in the pilot session for United Way of Greater Stark County’s Project Blueprint, a program for increasing ethnic diversity in volunteer leadership. It is designed to identify, recruit, train and place diverse volunteer leaders into policy making roles to enhance the effectiveness of nonprofit agencies.

“Project Blueprint’s main goal is to ensure that local volunteer leadership on nonprofit boards is representative of the community,” says Maria Heege, United Way of Greater Stark County’s President & CEO. “Industry experts of many perspectives become a greater voice in the community through training & placing of under- represented groups in positions of leadership on nonprofit boards.”

Project Blueprint is a volunteer leadership development program designed to increase involvement of underrepresented groups on local nonprofit, public-sector boards and committees. It will also help develop emerging and current volunteer leaders in our multi-cultural community for leadership roles.  

This 10-week course provides training for interested and engaged members of the community to serve on nonprofit boards. Training requires continuous learning, and a participant’s willingness to explore the unfamiliar and an openness to new experiences. The program consists of a series of training sessions and activities that introduce participants to the roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board, while developing skills which help them become successful board and committee members. Hands-on training will include session topics such as cultural diversity, resource development, financial management and agency tours.

The program benefits include opportunities to sharpen leadership skills of employees, creates highly motivated and challenged employees who are prepared to go above and beyond their job responsibilities; enhances corporate image in the community and demonstrates community involvement; investment in employee development; opportunity to showcase organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion; and networking opportunities among companies in the community;

“Our long-term goal is to create a critical mass of high caliber minority leaders who are prepared, motivated and connected to serve on nonprofit boards and committees, “ says Flo Ginanni, the Director of Project Blueprint.

The project’s Advisory Committee is comprised of local community leaders and volunteers who have guided this program since its inception. United Way will announce the open enrollment date for new applicants once the pilot session is complete. The program will cost $500 per attendee and future attendees will be chosen by a committee. Please submit your information at www.uwstark.org/project-blueprint for consideration.

Any questions on this program can be directed to Flo Gianni, Director of Project Blueprint, 330-491-9984, [email protected]

About United Way of Greater Stark County
United Way of Greater Stark County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. We win by living United. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against their community’s most daunting social crisis. Our mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities in Greater Stark County. In order to live better, we must live United. For more information about United Way of Greater Stark County visit www.uwstark.org. Offices are at 401 Market Avenue North, Suite 300, Canton, Ohio 44702. (330) 491-0445.