Lindsay Cannaday is the director of the local LINC program. Funds raised through LINC support essential services.
LINC – Lead, Impact, Network, Change – is a United Way-sponsored club, of sorts, that recruits young people, commits them to devoting at least a small part of their income to philanthropic efforts, and gets them involved in community affairs and volunteering to help make Des Moines a better place. It periodically hosts professional development sessions for its members. And it also sponsors some happy hours, just to keep things lively. LINC likes to call it a combination of good deeds, good times and good friends.
“It’s an incubator for young people and giving,” Cannaday said. “The goal is to engage them.”
Whatever funds that are raised are committed to essential services – food, shelter, clothing. “Young people tend to connect with that,” Cannaday said.
They see an immediate effect on their giving – a dollar they give today can be put to work buying food that is distributed tomorrow. LINC members now sit on committees at United Way that are responsible for directing funds that come to the organization.
Once members get involved with LINC, Cannaday says they see the value of community involvement and often branch out to get involved in other nonprofit organizations.
You can reach Cannaday at 515-246-6554 or via email at email@example.com.