Skip to main content

SEL Events

Working as one . . . to improve the lives of many

The Society of Emerging Leaders are passionate and committed to giving, advocating and volunteering for meaningful projects
where we can make a difference
Members of The Society of Emerging Leaders (The SEL) are young professionals (in their 20's and 30's) who give $250.00 or more annually to United Way NSV and who want to work to make our community a better place by providing opportunities for education and service that require members to lead

Want more information? Reach out to


March 1st - ChanNel Your Flannel

Winchester Brew Works, March 1st, 2019, 5:15-7:00pm

We invite you to join us at Winchester Brew Works for our first United Way fundraiser of the year! Come out in your best (or worst) flannel and enjoy a pint, with proceeds going back to United Way. This event is open to SEL members as well as the United Way community. The event takes place on March 1st, 2019, with the proceeds promotion happening from 5:15-7:00pm. Make sure to mention United Way when you order.

March 7th – International Women’s Day - Women’s Build at Habitat

Though our neighborhoods are comprised largely of women and children, they are also the population’s most likely to be affected by poor living conditions. Come together with other SEL members for our first ever Women’s Build event and take a proactive step in serving your community!
The Women Build opportunity is available to any SEL member who wants to learn how to build and construct a home. No experience is necessary. Volunteers work under the guidance of construction professionals, and also alongside other volunteers and future Habitat homeowners. Whether you are learning new skills or simply adding a few to your tool belt, this is a rewarding experience for all involved, and improves the community that you share.
Women helping women sends a positive and powerful message. Feel free to come alone, but know that you will be leaving with several new friends.

Registration is required and space is limited. Are you ready to build with us?

MARCH-April – Volunteer for a fund distribution panel

The hard work has been done.  Now it’s time to review our agencies and distribute the funds for the betterment of the community.  We invite you to participate in our 2019 Grant review process as a member of a review panel to ensure that the grants will meet the needs determined in the Community Needs Update 2017-2020. Grant recipients must reflect priorities and valuable input of the community, agencies and partners in the areas of Education, Health and Income.


Panel members represent the contributing public and help to insure that donated funds are well spent.  Panel members work with other volunteers to review five to nine grant applicants and recommend monetary levels of support for specified programs.  Panel members represent the contributing public and help to insure that donated funds are well spent.  Panel members work with other volunteers to review five to nine grant applicants and recommend monetary levels of support for specified programs.  

An outcome-based review process focusing on service results by grant applicants has simplified reporting.  This allows the panelists to see the difference made in the lives of the people being served. 

April/May – Happy Hour and Headshots

Connect & network with other young professionals from SEL at this new annual event. Get your headshot taken by a professional photographer! $20 for drinks and headshot! Check back in the spring for location and additional event details.

June/July – Financial Literacy Program

To combat the growing financial literacy problem and to encourage healthy savings habits in our area’s at-risk youth population, United Way’s Society of Emerging Leaders are visiting the Kids Club to teach children about personal finance and making responsible financial decisions.

The event consists of a group activity that focuses on needs vs. wants. Following the program, the club will break up into age appropriate educational activities, modeled after the American Banker’s Association’s Teach Kids to Save program, where students will learn about saving, earning a paycheck, the value of paper currency and more. The program will also include a mini-store, stocked with donated merchandise that the kids can shop from with their earnings from the day.

No financial experience or expertise is necessary. Check back this spring for more details on the date and time of this event!

October – Mental Health First Aid for National Mental Health Awareness Day

SEL is celebrating National Mental Health Awareness Day with an all-day Mental Health First Aid Training! After the 8 hour training, each individual will be certified in Mental Health First Aid USA and will be trained to provide initial help to people experiencing problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and substance use disorders.

Check back this spring/summer with more information on this first time event!