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January 16, 2017

Volunteer Spotlight: Trip Moore

by PBUnitedWay

Our monthly Volunteer Spotlight recognizes Town of Palm Beach United Way volunteers who are passionate, inspiring and dedicated. They are individuals committed to transforming lives and who invest in our vision of building healthy and strong communities.

Trip Moore has been a volunteer at the Town of Palm Beach United Way for 21 years. Trip serves on our Board of Trustees and also serves on our Allocation Committee. We sat down with Trip to ask him a few questions about volunteering at the Town of Palm Beach United Way and what it means to him.

What made you choose to volunteer with the Town of Palm Beach United Way?
It’s hard to believe it was 21 years ago – I had recently moved to the area and wanted to find an organization that had the highest credibility and a solid, positive impact to the community. I was fortunate to have been introduced to the Town of Palm Beach United Way by a colleague and could tell right away that it represented the most productive and most rewarding way to volunteer in this community.

What do you like most about volunteering with the Town of Palm Beach United Way?
The success stories that frequently come out of the agencies that the Town of Palm Beach United Way supports.

What have you learned by being a volunteer with us?
A lot.  The most significant thing I’ve learned that is unique to the Town of Palm Beach United Way is the power of a volunteer-governed process. The decisions that are made and the direction taken to support all of these causes are born of volunteers. The staff is the most dedicated and valuable staff anywhere on Earth, but the real meat of fundraising and allocating come from the work, experience and collective judgement of the volunteers. This not only makes for a highly efficient process for the agencies, but also takes advantage of a large group of hard working, intelligent people.

What do you do when you’re not volunteering?
I enjoy all kinds of activities and have a pretty good assortment, but No. 1 by a long shot is spending time with my wife and two girls.

What is your most memorable volunteer moment?
Not so much a moment as a process – chairing the allocations process was very memorable.  It was like an awakening in volunteer terms, seeing so many agencies and hearing their stories in a relatively short time span.

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