Volunteer Spotlight: Lee Gordon
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.
Lee Gordon has been a volunteer at the Town of Palm Beach United Way for over 15 years. Lee serves on our Board of Trustees and Nominating Committee and has previously served on our Allocation Committee and Business and Professional Committee. We sat down with Lee 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?
I have lived in the Palm Beach area for over 30 years and have practiced real estate law on the Island as a sole practitioner for over 22 of those years. One of the main reasons I opened my own practice was to “be my own boss” which would allow me to devote a certain number of hours per week to giving back to my community. I became one of the founding members of the Palm Beach Flagler Rotary Club (a community service organization) and contacted the Town of Palm Beach United Way about becoming a volunteer. I chose the TOPBUW because (1) I like the idea that for every $1.00 donated, approximately 95 cents is spent on local programs for those in need in Palm Beach County, and (2) my donation helps support over 50 local not-for-profit agencies.
What do you like most about volunteering with the Town of Palm Beach United Way?
You have an opportunity to learn about all of the local organizations that do their best to address the needs of our community: from assistance with education, to job training and placement, to health issues, to basic needs such as food and housing. If you happen to volunteer on the Allocations Committee, you are invited to visit every partner agency site and to learn what that agency does for our community.
What have you learned by being a volunteer with us?
How dedicated and professional all of the volunteers are, how much time they are willing to donate to help those less fortunate, and how much pride we all have for being a part of this wonderful organization.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with us?
My son is currently a senior in high school so a lot of this year has been devoted to the college application and entry process. For fun, I took up the ukulele a few years ago and love practicing and playing!
What is your most memorable volunteer moment?
A few years ago, I was able to arrange for my Rotary club to volunteer with the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, which we have been doing ever since. We work the water station at the half-way point of the race. It is a great way to start off Thanksgiving morning (we are finished by 8:30 am), lots of fun, and we have an opportunity to see old friends walking, jogging, and running by. The event raises funds to help feed approximately 2,500 Thanksgiving meals locally and is another way that the TOPBUW gives back to the community.