United Way LINC is a volunteer group focused on harnessing the power of early-career individuals who are passionate about the same issues as United Way − helping people find a way forward in the areas of education, financial stability and health — the building blocks for a strong community.
Recently at a LINC volunteer event, community member Natalie Gubbels was surprised to be presented the United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton’s December Volunteer of the Month Award in appreciation for her dedication in making our community the best it can be. Tara Bartekoske, United Way Community Impact Coordinator, nominated Gubbels for the award and shares how “Yankton is truly blessed to have young professionals like Natalie moving to our community, and striving to make it better. Natalie is energetic about giving back and is always willing to help in any way she can. We at United Way are grateful and excited about young leaders, like Natalie, getting involved and making Yankton great!”
We asked Natalie to share, in her own words, more about her volunteer efforts.
I have lived in the Yankton area since May of 2016. I moved to Yankton during my last year of college at USD to start employment at Williams & Company, P.C.
I started my volunteer work recently after graduating, in August of 2016.
I continue to volunteer because I love seeing so many people gather together for a greater cause. The community of Yankton is so giving, and I am honored to be able to be a part of it.
I volunteer with LINC at monthly events to learn about local agencies and ways I can help. I am also a Chamber Ambassador and volunteer my time for ribbon cuttings, organize and walk in parades, and organize and help with Chamber Mixers. I am on the Dive In Yankton (DIY) Committee, which I joined through Leadership Yankton in the summer of 2017 and am currently working on the marketing committee. I volunteer around 100 hours this year.
Volunteer work is enjoyable because I get to work with people I would otherwise not know. When I first moved to Yankton volunteering was a great way to meet people in the community outside of my office.
My best volunteer experience so far is when I helped with the Harvest Halloween Festival this year to promote United Way childhood literacy programs. It was so great to see the kids dressed in their Halloween costumes and getting excited to look for just the right book to take home.
The advice I would give to anyone thinking about volunteering would be to give your time to something you enjoy! Once you start giving back to the community it will become more of a hobby and something you look forward to.
United Way LINC members are 21 and over and lend their knowledge, expertise and time to effect big change in our community. LINC members participate in unique volunteer and service projects, as well as personal and professional development opportunities. Individuals who are looking to become deeply engaged in contributing to the betterment of our community are invited to try out LINC any time.
For more information on LINC, local volunteer opportunities, or to nominate a Volunteer of the Month, visit www.yanktonunitedway.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (605)665-6766.