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Loaned Professional & Campaign Ambassadors support 2015-16 United Way Campaign

         For the fourth consecutive year, United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County has welcomed a loaned professional from ExxonMobil who is working full-time this fall in support of the United Way campaign.

        Shiva Hafezi is working 40 hours per week with United Way, beginning in mid-August and continuing through late November.

“Addition of a loaned professional has been an exciting development in support of fulfilling United Way’s potential for growth and success,” said David Mohlman, United Way executive director. “Support of ExxonMobil Baytown Area management in making possible the addition of Shiva Hafezi to the United Way team is deeply appreciated.”

In addition, due to the generosity of our Campaign sponsors, United Way was able to add additional 1.5 United Way ambassadors who are also working towards making the campaign a success.  Janis Gustin (retired ExxonMobil), Anna Martinez (2015 University of Houston-Clear Lake graduate) and Shiva Hafezi assist United Way staff in developing and conducting workplace giving campaigns. Specifically, they lend their expertise and energy to help United Way expand solicitation efforts, reach new markets, and broaden the base of community giving. These activities help strengthen the United Way commitment to advancing the common good in our community by focusing on basic needs, financial stability, kindergarten readiness, school aged children, seniors & people with disabilities, and strengthening families.

Hafezi began her career with ExxonMobil in 2008, started in commercial/sales roles at Chemical HQ and came to the Baytown site in 2011. Hafezi held coordination and supervisory roles in manufacturing before starting loan assignment to United Way in mid-august 2015.

“I feel fortunate and grateful to work for a company that gives individuals the opportunity to work on a loan assignment at the United Way, to directly support the community outreach efforts in Greater Baytown and Chambers County.  I have made a deeper personal connection to the reasons why we give as I’ve experienced and seen with my own eyes the struggles in this community and how the United Way aids through the partnered agency programs.  This is a perspective and learning that I will carry in my heart for the rest of my life and hope to share with others as we inspire change together.”

Gustin taught school for 11 years prior to her 27 year career with ExxonMobil.  She began as a lab technician and advanced to Quality Coordinator and QS 9000 certified auditor. 

"I have been a long-time supporter of United Way. I am fortunate to have this opportunity to take it a step further and contribute my skills during this campaign season. I wholeheartedly believe in the UW vision and will continue to promote health, financial stability and education (3 UW focus areas) in order to further strengthen our community."

Martinez graduated in May of 2015 from University of Houston-Clear Lake with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Martinez has previous experience as an intern at a Galveston United Way Partner agency.

“I am eternally grateful to the United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County for allowing me to be part of the 2015-2016 Campaign as a Campaign Ambassador.  By being out in the community conducting campaign presentations it has given me the opportunity to enhance my public speaking skills as well as being able to amplify my networking with fellow social service agencies. I have gained additional knowledge about non-profit management, proactive community involvement and community resources. I believe the most important service the United Way provides for the community is the promoting advancement and empowerment of those in need through the funding that is provided to partner agencies.”

Hafezi, Gustin, and Martinez have done an incredible job engaging the community so far in hopes of increasing participation in this year’s Annual United Way campaign and will continue to do so.