Young Philanthropists Society Hosts After-Hours FUNdraising Event

United Way of Central Alabama’s Young Philanthropists’ Society met for an update on this year’s campaign this Monday, September 18th. Held at the Elyton Hotel’s Moonshine rooftop bar, this gathering of young professionals featured fun and fellowship to promote membership and donations.

Jemison Jones, Sales Manager for the Southern Region for O’Neal Steel, Inc. and chairman of YPS for two years, shared his own reason for giving with guests and members. “United Way is the best way to give back to our community,” he began. “They find the most useful resources to reach deserving people in Birmingham, giving them a hand up when they need it.”

United Way of Central Alabama kicked off its annual campaign on September 7th, announcing a fundraising goal of $38 million. The campaign proceeds fund community programs and services provided by United Way and 80 local partner agencies. Members of YPS are integral to campaign success, giving at the leadership level of $1,000 or more annually.

YPS empowers future community leaders to roll up their sleeves and take part in hands-on volunteer projects throughout the year. Members network with like-minded peers and meet with Birmingham’s corporate and community elite to affect change and advocate for those without a voice.

“I’m a country boy from Houston County, Alabama,” Jeff Lee, deputy general counsel of Regions Bank, humbly said. “One of the reasons I give is because I’ve been so incredibly blessed. I can’t pay back all the people who’ve contributed to my success, but I can pay it forward in their names.”

If you’re interested in becoming a member of YPS and committing to further United Way’s mission, email or visit  today and learn how you can make an impact in our community.