March 1, 2019
Drew Stevens (B.S. ’10) was awarded the Judith M. Davis Volunteer of the Year award from United Way. Stevens, who studied finance, economics, and risk management and insurance while at the Moore School, now works at Northwestern Mutual as a wealth management advisor.
Stevens has been a very active member of the United Way of the Midlands’ Young Leaders Society, responding to the organization’s weekly emails to help different charitable causes around the community. These organizations include places such as the Transitions Homeless Center, The Salvation Army, Home Works of America and many other local affiliates.
As for the importance of volunteering, Stevens believes it should be something all people take part in.
“It’s the most important thing I could put on my calendar, being able to share something with someone less fortunate,” Stevens said. “I would be crazy not to share some of my time and some of my money with anybody else.”
Each year, the award recipient must be an active donor in the Young Leaders Society, possess a minimum of 50 hours of community service in the past year, have at least one year of nonprofit volunteer board or committee service and be employed by a for-profit organization.
In addition to his active participation with United Way, Stevens is also a member of the Moore School’s Young Alumni Board and believes it is important to stay connected.
“Moore School students are absolutely going to be the next leaders of our city and our state, and possibly of some of the biggest businesses throughout the whole country,” Stevens said. “I love working with fellow graduates to make sure students are getting access to our network.”
On top of volunteering, Stevens also enjoys being involved with a number of fundraisers including the American Heart Association Upstate Heart Ball and Lexington Medical Center’s McDaniels Automotive Group Gala and Golf Classic. Even with all the work he does for the community, Stevens simply points back to the efforts of the employees of United Way.
“In my opinion, the real heroes are the United Way staff,” Stevens said. “They do all of the hard work to make this super easy for the volunteers.”
By Samantha Hayes