Alex Guzman, a Young Leaders Society member, has been volunteering with United Way of the Midlands for about five years. He joined after being invited to an event by a friend.
“I was raised to understand the importance of involvement in the community and trying to make the world a better place, no matter how big or small the contribution,” he said. “At the event I saw fellow young professionals who shared the same desire to make our communities a better place and have some fun while doing so.”
Young Leaders Society, an affinity group of United Way of the Midlands, is a passionate group of donors ages 21- 40 years old who work to ensure every person in our community has a safe place to call home, every child succeeds in school and everyone has access to quality health care. Donors of the Young Leaders Society enjoy exclusive professional development activities, social and networking events and volunteer opportunities to further United Way’s mission.
Alex has been very active working and volunteering with projects since he joined.
One of his favorite and most rewarding experiences with United Way was the first Trunk or Treat event. Fellow steering committee members and United Way staff were on hand for a fun day with lots of families and great costumes. What stuck out the most about that event was the joy and fun so many of the children had, many of whom would not have been able to go trick or treating, and being able to provide them with a fun event during one of my favorite holidays.
Alex believes it is important find an organization in your community that aligns with something you are passionate about because you will have a more rewarding experience.
Alex is a Columbia native. He graduated from the University of South Carolina and works for a local community bank. In his spare time, he enjoys watching scary movies and taking spontaneous Charleston day trips with his wife, Stacey, trying new recipes, playing golf and playing with their dog, Winston.
If there was one piece of advice he could give to a young professional starting their career it would be, “Be ready to put in the hard work, be patient and have some fun along the way!”
His favorite books include The Alchemist by Paulo Choelho; The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway; and Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain.