“I continue to support United Way because I know that my investment will make a difference in the life of someone who needs it. I am proud to be an AALS member to make the most impact possible for our region.”
April Purdie, Wegmans Food Markets
United Way’s African American Leadership Society was founded in 2005 and named for Howard Wilson Coles to pay tribute to his passion for improving the lives of African Americans in our community. Coles was a journalist, historian, broadcaster, activist and humanitarian who became a vibrant voice for the African American community as Rochester’s first African American radio announcer and founder of The Frederick Douglass Voice newspaper.
INVEST IN SOLUTIONS
United Way’s African American Leadership Society—AALS members are leading the way for a brighter future for our region. As an African American Leadership Society member, your annual investment of $1,000 or more will help thousands of local people while demonstrating your commitment to our community.
MAKE LASTING CONNECTIONS
When you connect with United Way through your African American Leadership Society donation, you will be connected with other AALS members and thousands of local leaders from all of United Way’s giving societies at member networking events. You will also gain access to leadership and career development opportunities.
SERVE OUR COMMUNITY
African American Leadership Society members are offered opportunities throughout the year to volunteer and participate in community building activities with other local leaders.