Emerging Leaders United

Emerging Leaders United

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April 14, 2024

7:20 AM - 12:45 PM
Volunteer project at the Best Buddies Friendship Walk

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May 17, 2024

All Day
Volunteer project for United Way's 518 Day

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July, 24, 2024

Headshot Happy Hour at The Blake Annex

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September 18, 2024

Capital Region Adult Spelling Bee

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Philanthropy Future NOW: ELU Newsletter

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June 21, 2023

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February 9, 2024

Emerging Leaders UNITED leverages the power of United Way to ignite the next generation of philanthropists in the Capital Region. 

Emerging Leaders UNITED (ELU) is a diverse group of engaged young professionals committed to improving communities across the Capital Region through volunteerism and service initiatives. Powered by United Way of the Greater Capital Region, ELU brings together service-oriented young professionals to become leaders of lasting social change. 

For more information on how to get involved, email EmergingLeaders@unitedwaygcr.org


Emerging Leaders United (ELU) has exclusive access to monthly networking and volunteer opportunities to become more involved in their community. Along with our partner agencies, United Way of the Greater Capital Region (UWGCR) engages ELU participants through monthly volunteer projects, professional development workshops, and nonprofit leadership educational opportunities.


ELU hosts two signature events throughout the year in addition to participating in United Way's annual 518 Day, the area’s single largest day of volunteerism. 

  • 518 Day - May 17, 2024
  • Headshot Happy Hour - July 24, 2024 
  • Capital Region Adult Spelling Bee - September 18, 2024


In 2022, ELU installed the region’s first Nutritious Choices Learning Path in Albany’s Black Lives Matter Park. Since then, ELU has installed three more paths in Hudson’s Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Troy’s Knickerbacker Park, and Schenectady’s Steinmetz Park. The Nutritious Choices Learning Paths promotes healthy habits and recognizes the need for more accessible and affordable healthy food for everyone in the Capital Region. 


Each year, a group of active Emerging Leaders is selected to be featured as The Next Generation of Philanthropists on Giving Tuesday, raising funds to support UWGCR. Last year, ELU raised over $11,000!


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Make lasting connections with other young professionals and community leaders at social networking events.

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Enhance your community impact and meet your philanthropic goals by participating in hands-on volunteer opportunities.

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Strengthen your leadership skills through a variety of opportunities for networking, leadership development, and educational events.

Kevin Cordella

Kevin Cordella
Bank of America

Emily Dessingue

Emily Dessingue
Berkshire Hathaway

Corey Harris

Corey Harris
Northwestern Mutual

Melissa Jeffers

Melissa Jeffers
Town of Colonie

Allie Mantica

Allie Mantica
Saratoga Regional YMCA

Belinda Washock

Belinda Washock
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