Ron Piccolo is serving as the Executive Champion for the 2018 UCF & United Way Campaign. As our key spokesperson for the campaign, Ron leads a cabinet of executive champions who actively spread the word about the campaign to university leaders, speak at university events, and provide guidance for the campaign management team . Dr. Piccolo also manages Leadership Donor outreach and engagement. Leadership donors are those who give $500 and above.
Tell us about your role with the United Way and with the campaign.
I am currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Heart of Florida United Way and have been serving some of their strategic initiatives since 2010. Last year, I had the opportunity to be part of UCF’s campaign committee, and was excited to be part of the campaign this year given my appreciation and affection for both UCF and the Heart of Florida United Way.
For the 2018 campaign, I am serving as Executive Champion, a role that is expected to be the key spokesperson for the campaign and to encourage support from the campaign cabinet, University leaders, and the entire UCF community.
Why do you serve in these roles?
I believe strongly in the work that the United Way does. In addition to its leadership role in the social services sector throughout the region, and as a prudent steward of community resources, the United Way steps-up when our community needs it most. After the horrible event at the Pulse night club in 2016, it was the United Way that led the effort (in partnership with the Orange County and the City of Orlando) to establish the Orlando United Assistance Center (OUAC) to provide resources and support for those directly or indirectly affected by the tragedy. Two years later, OAUC is still operated by the United Way and still providing services to hundreds of people each month. When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last year, it was the United Way that led the region’s effort to rally support among Central Florida’s nonprofit community, coordinating delivery of necessities, and propping up the region’s intake and support center at the Orlando International Airport.
The work that the United Way does is incredibly important. I am honored to be part of it and am proud to advocate on the United Way’s behalf.
I am hopeful that the partnership between UCF and the Heart of Florida United Way continues to grow. Our missions align, and we both benefit from the strength of the Central Florida economy, the health, well-being, and stability of our community, and visionary, community-minded leaders.