Christine Heim brings a unique perspective to her role as a member of the YLS communications committee. Christine is a former full-time employee of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and now works at the American Red Cross, a United Way funded agency. Read on to learn more about her thoughts on YLS, the Red Cross and her passion for all sports at the University of Iowa. Why did you join YLS, and what is your current role with YLS? I joined YLS as a communications committee member in July after I left my full-time position at United Way. I wanted to continue to stay involved with the organization and meet new people, and I knew YLS would be a great way for me to do that.
There are so many good nonprofit opportunities. What makes YLS the right option for you? YLS is one of the best non-profit groups that I’ve been a part of for young professionals. The variety of opportunities to give back, network and grow professionally offers something for everyone. I also love the United Way staff involved in YLS — they’re a great group!
What is it like working at the Red Cross, a United Way funded agency? The American Red Cross is an amazing organization, dedicated to its mission and serving our community. There’s never a dull moment working at an organization that helps during disaster. In Chicago alone, we respond to about 3-4 fires every day, so even when you don’t hear about a disaster, we’re helping. It’s great to be a small piece of the difference.
What would you say to someone interested in joining YLS? Do it! There are many opportunities to get involved in ways that are meaningful to you, and meet like-minded, philanthropic people. There’s something for everyone in YLS. You won’t be disappointed.
What was your favorite YLS/or United Way events? I went to a fundraiser for YLS last year at MillerCoors’ exclusive rooftop pub. They had lots of games, good food and prizes to win on behalf of United Way. Many people came, donated and had fun. It was a great time!
Now, some fun questions.What is your favorite movie?When Harry Met Sally
Favorite TV show? Old school: Golden Girls. New School: Modern Family
Favorite book? The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best concert you have attended? Jack Johnson at Alpine Valley
What are your IPOD favorites?American Girl, Tom Petty, Anything by Hootie and the Blowfish, 3 names: Whitney, Celine and Mariah.
What are your biggest hobbies? Playing and watching sports — especially the Hawkeyes!; spending time with friends; doing puzzles
YLS Communications Committee Member
& Digital Engagement Associate, Greater Chicago Red Cross