Sponsored Employee Program

United Way’s Sponsored Employee Program offers a unique opportunity to practice corporate social responsibility in a way that benefits your organization, your employee candidate and our community at large.

Sponsored employees (formerly called loaned representatives) from the public and private sector work with United Way during the annual fundraising campaign. These individuals are an extension of United Way staff, acting as a resource person to the volunteers that help plan, implement and monitor workplace campaign strategies for over 250 organizations across Guelph, Wellington and Dufferin.



How can my organization participate?

It’s easy! Your organization sponsors an employee from your own organization to work full-time for United Way during the campaign period.

What are the benefits to my organization?

There are many benefits to the program. On the public relations end, your organization will receive profile and public recognition via United Way publications, events, and the web and at hundreds of workplaces throughout Guelph, Wellington and Dufferin. Internal to your organization, your participation will demonstrate your organization’s commitment to employee development.

Your employee will learn new skills via professional coaching and training with United Way, bolster their community understanding, and establish new business contacts. They will return to you motivated, re-energized, and refreshed.

What are my financial responsibilities with the program?

Sponsoring organizations continue to pay their employees’ salaries, benefits and incidental expenses such as parking and mileage.

What skills will my employees learn?

Your employee will interact with both the internal United Way team and outside business contacts via the workplace. Acting in a motivational role, they will hone and refine their skills in:

  • Sales techniques and customer service;

  • Public speaking;

  • Teamwork and interpersonal relationships;

  • Strategic analysis and planning;

  • Leadership capabilities and project management; and

  • New contact development and networking opportunities

What can my employees expect?

United Way staff will train, monitor, and evaluate your employee throughout the entire experience. They will equip them with all the tools necessary to succeed in the role.

United Way will provide:

  • Education on community issues, United Way movement, and fundraising basics; and

  • Training on sales techniques, customer service, presentation skills, analysis and planning

Each sponsored employee works closely with a United Way staff member who will provide them with support and a final evaluation.

What will your employees key responsibilities be?

Loaned representatives will:

  • Provide the support necessary to conduct effective workplace campaigns by assisting with the planning process, coordination of campaign materials and promotional items, delivery of training programs for committee members and canvassers, as well as speaker presentations for employee groups;

  • Monitor activities, report results, and complete a final evaluation on each account; and

  • Travel in the Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin area to attend campaign events and other functions as required

Who makes a good sponsored employee?

The ideal candidate is passionate about the community, comfortable in a team environment, ready and willing to learn, confident and innovative, a problem solver, and eager for new challenges.

Enthusiastic and interested, they are ready to make the most out of the experience and bring their new learning back to your workplace.

We are looking for:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships, motivate others, encourage involvement, and instill a sense of excitement;

  • Strong organizational and time-management skills and the ability to balance multiple priorities;

  • Excellent teamwork skills and the ability to work with a variety of individuals (including top-level management) from diverse backgrounds; and

  • Flexibility, high energy level and the willingness “to do whatever it takes to get the job done”

What do past loaned representatives say about their experience?

Anna Scott (2014, OMAFRA):

The time I spent over at United Way has been the most rewarding professional experience of my career. To see the work and dedication of all the UW staff and funded agencies to helping those in our community restores your faith back in humanity. I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful, heartfelt experience.

Sara Mammoliti (2014, Linamar Corporation):

In 2014, I got an amazing opportunity to be a sponsored employee at United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin. This experience truly opened my eyes to the needs in our community. Visiting the many agencies that United Way funds and listening to those who use the programs helped my family and I to empathize with all members of our community. I am thankful for the opportunity to learn from others, and work with some great people!

Ally Perdomo-Herrera (2014, The Co-operators):

The Sponsored Employee program provided me with a development opportunity that allowed me to enhance my overall performance, by renewing me with determination, commitment and a sense of purpose. There are not enough words to describe the personal and professional worth gained through this exceptional opportunity. It was an absolute pleasure working on United Way campaign and it was an honor representing The Co-operators.

Julie Maas (2013, The Co-operators):

A typical workday it is not! This experience will last a lifetime. With the diversity of the work available, my horizons were broadened and my resume expanded. Not only do I feel lucky to have had to the chance to spend 15 weeks of my work-life helping United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin make their 2013 fundraising campaign a success, I also feel extremely honoured to work for a company like The Co-operators that makes this unique opportunity available to their staff.

Isabella Barretto (2010, OMAFRA):

When you work as a loaned rep you get a true understanding of the real needs that exist within our community. It raises your awareness of United Way funded programs that support everyone in our community, from children to seniors. When you raise funds during the campaign you are truly making a difference in someone’s life for the better. Being a loaned rep is a rewarding and exciting experience.

Melissa Hunter (2010, The Co-operators):

This has been a life changing experience. Through interactions with United Way’s corporate partners and agencies my awareness of the area’s social and economical needs evolved. Being a loaned rep allowed me to give back to my community. This is a very unique and fun position that has strengthened my confidence and interpersonal skills.

Kathie Noble (2009, OMAFRA):

What an amazing experience. I improved my presentation skills by speaking to groups of various sizes about my own personal experience while at the same time promoting a great charity—United Way. I also found that I improved my organizational skills and learned more about goal setting and problem solving while working with United Way’s campaign coordinators to plan and implement workplace campaigns. I worked with amazing “teams” from businesses and nonprofits across the city. I would be a United Way loaned representative again in a heartbeat.

Past Sponsors

These caring companies currently provide United Way with the people power required to run a very successful annual campaign and keep the community up-to-date on our work:

  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

  • The Co-operators

  • Linamar Corporation

  • University of Guelph

Duration of Assignment

First Tuesday in September to mid-December (includes professional training)

For More Information, please contact:

Trish Scott, Development Director

85 Westmount Rd.

Guelph, ON, N1H 5J2

T: 519-821-0571 ext. 31

E: trish@unitedwayguelph.com