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Ian Benjamin, who recently
assumed the chairmanship of the
respected charity United Way T&T,
had been deeply affected by state
attorney Dana Seetahal s shocking
death, as had many of us.
The tragedy reinforced in him a
conviction that he shared with a
small audience at United Way s
offices on Edward St in Port-of-
Spain the day after Seetahal s funeral.
He d been in attendance.
"Her passing has got to mean
something for us. We know what
we are required to do. It s in our
hands. It s as simple as that," said
Benjamin, who is also an attorney,
encouraging his listeners to partic-
ipate in United Way s second annual
National Day of Caring on May 18.
More than 2,000 employees from
various companies volunteered for
charitable projects across the country.
Volunteerism may be the key to
solving the country s problems, Ben-
jamin said later in an interview with
the T&T Guardian.
"If you re a volunteer, by definition
you re not thinking of yourself only,"
he said. "You re doing something
and giving of yourself and your
resources for someone else, so that
it gets you into the mind set of other
"And once you get a momentum,
a dynamism about working together
with other people for building a bet-
ter community, then you re going to
build a better society, and then you re
going to build a better country," he
said. "Thinking about other peo-
ple---that s the essence of volun-
United Way has been operating
in T&T for 13 years. It s part of an
international organisation that has
an 127-year-old history and is the
biggest privately funded non-profit
in the world, operating in 41 coun-
tries and raising billions of dollars
annually, which it distributes to a
variety of causes and charities.
United Way T&T raised more than
$4 million last year that it distributed
to 24 organisations including those
working in adult literacy, youth edu-
cation and training, and supporting
the victims of domestic abuse.
"It s transformative," said Ben-
jamin about what it means to an
NGO to have another organisation
fundraise on their behalf. "Because
if an NGO has to take its limited
resources, do its frontline work, as
well as raise money, then really you re
stretching into breaking point."
The key to United Way s operation
is its collaborations with corpora-
tions, who donate directly and
encourage donations and volunteer-
ing from employees.
More and more businesses are
seeing the importance of being a
good corporate citizen, said Gervase
Warner, a United T&T director and
the CEO of Neal & Massy Holdings,
who organises the National Day of
"We recognise that we have an
obligation as a large corporation like
Neal & Massy to participate in the
community," he said. "We give away
$6 million a year from our founda-
tion. Most corporations in Trinidad
have some form of engagement with
the community around them. It s
just part of doing good business."
Facilitating volunteerism ultimately
helps with the bottom line, said Ben-
"Everybody who has a job wants
fulfilment," he said, "and if they have
a desire to be a volunteer and their
company facilitates that, they are a
happier, more productive, more dis-
ciplined employee. It s an imper-
ceptible addition to the bottom line
for any company."
Besides having companies organise
teams of employees to take part in
the National Day of Caring, United
Way also uses a standing order sys-
tem whereby employees can give
from their salaries without thinking
United Way has built up a good
deal of trust all over the world. Part
of the reason for this is that it makes
sure the funds are given to reliable
non-profits that United Way assesses
itself. It then makes sure funds are
used for the purpose they were
United Way also provides training
and advice to help strengthen the
non-profits they work with.
"You will find that the moment
you try to tackle any kind of social
issue that has a certain amount of
intractability, then a pin prick
approach is not going to have any
effect at all," said Benjamin. "You
will be spinning your top in mud.
So you need to be able to strengthen
an NGO s capacity."
United Way TT Chairman Ian Benjamin, right, makes a presentation
to a National Day of Caring participant at the event on May 18.
Volunteering may be key to solving our problems
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