Name: Erin Stelmach
Town of Residence: Holden
How long have you been working at the UWTC? This is my first month at United Way!
What is your role at the UWTC?
I am the Resource Development Manager. My goal is to garner support so that we may continue our mission of being a community building organization that brings people together to care for one another and offer critical programs to those who need them. I connect with potential and current supporters to inform them of the programs offered by United Way of Tri-County and demonstrate how we continue to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our community. It is the success of these relationships which result in achieving necessary funding.
What is a typical day like for you at the UWTC?
I love that every day is new and unlike the previous. Right now I am focused on learning about the programs offered by United Way of Tri-County as well as the events and campaigns that are done to raise critical funds to keep those programs going. I’m meeting the amazing people who make it all happen.
What is your favorite part of working for the UWTC?
I grew up in MetroWest, mostly on the south side of Framingham. I love seeing the work that is being done by United Way of Tri-County to help people in the community where I spent so much of my life. Being part of an organization that is making such a difference in the lives of so many people is a truly wonderful opportunity for which I am very grateful. I am looking forward to meeting with individuals, organizations and business leaders and connecting them with United Way of Tri-County to increase support for our mission.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I run the trails in Central MA. I am not a fast runner and I don't run all that far, but I enjoy it. I also make jewelry; my company is called The Sleeping Bear Co. and all my pieces are pet themed. My ultimate favorite thing to do...spend time with my dog, Ted, who is a 13yr old Pekingese who I adopted a couple years ago, and my two cats Lucky and Mary Alice.
Do you do something to give back to your community? If so, can you tell us about it?
I donate a portion of my jewelry sales to animal rescue organizations and donate pieces of my work for auction at animal rescue events. I am also an active member of the Wachusett Area Rotary Club and I participate in events to benefit our community such as the holiday senior breakfast and the spring fling night to raise funds for high school scholarships.