United Way of Treasure Valley wouldn't exist without the power and support of our community. From our partners and donors whose generous gifts fund our work in the areas of health, education, and financial stability, to our volunteers who help to carry out our impact work from start to finish.
When Sue Hall called us back in early 2019, we had no idea who was about to walk in to our lives. A fervent lifetime supporter of United Way, Sue wanted to stay involved with the organization after recently moving from Georgia to Idaho. We had a chance to sit down to meet face to face, invited her to a couple of events, and since that time, Sue has become an integral part of our United Way of Treasure Valley family! She is part of our Women United Executive Committee and serves as Vice Chair. We wanted to take a moment to introduce this community superstar and let you get to know Sue a little better!
1. Tell us about your history with United Way. What motivated you to want to get involved with United Way of Treasure Valley?
Almost thirty years ago, I started as a young professional joining the volunteer board of a nonprofit day care. The agency offered a sliding scale fee for low income parents, which was funded by United Way dollars. While I had always done my part contributing to the my company's United Way campaign, it was the first time I had a real understanding of how those community investment dollars impacted children and their families in a very meaningful way! When I moved to Georgia, I was invited to join the United Way of Chattahoochee Valley Board of Directors. I participated for over 10 years in the Community Investment Process and was one of the founding members of Women United for that organization. I had the pleasure of working with talented women with vision and energy in Georgia, and knew the experience would be the same here in the Treasure Valley! In my short time here in the Treasure Valley working with Women United and events like Days of Caring and Holiday Helper, I have not been disappointed!
2. There are so many ways to give back and to be involved with charitable organizations. Why do you choose United Way?
There are two primary reasons!
United Way is a trusted network to connect community businesses and organizations with non-profit agencies who are delivering results. The oversight during the annual community investment process ensures that the funding goes to agencies who are the most conscientious stewards of dollars raised during the community campaign.
United Way is a "Can Do" solution-oriented organization! Whether stepping up to collect and disperse PPE for the community in the early days of the pandemic or pivoting to turn the annual Flapjack Feed celebration into a safe community service event like Days of Caring, United Way doesn't let problems get in the way of meeting needs in the community!
3. Community involvement is obviously very important to you. What would you tell someone who wants to make an impact where they live but doesn’t know where to start?
When you volunteer your time, it's important to explore and choose something you feel truly passionate about! A phone call or email to United Way is a great place to start. In addition to a wide variety of volunteer opportunities within the United Way network, they can also connect community members to other nonprofits throughout the Treasure Valley.
4. Tell us more about you! What are your hobbies and interests? What are some of your favorite parts about living in Idaho (so far)?
My husband Steve and I moved to Boise a little over a year ago. I retired after 37 years with Kodak. We chose Boise to be near our daughter and her husband, who grew up in the Treasure Valley. They are both Zags, and moved back here in late 2018. We're "from" Colorado, but lived in Georgia for 13 years before coming to Boise. We enjoyed exploring Boise for 6 months before the pandemic hit, especially biking and walking the Greenbelt and attending Boise State Athletics! Since COVID-19 arrived, I'm thankful for the outdoors, and recently hiked all the Ridge to Rivers trails. We've explored just a few of Idaho's gems, like Twin Falls, Craters of the Moon and the Sawtooth Mountains. We're looking forward to visiting a lot more in the future!
5. Favorite book or books?
I like to read a variety of books and it's hard to pick just one. My favorite character from a book is Owen Meany! I loved his quirky, positive outlook on life and the destiny he fulfilled! I also loved "Blind Your Ponies," which I read after coming to Boise. I guess I like to root for the underdogs!