“It’s the technician base that really drives that community involvement and [wants] to better the community that they live in.”
Terri Rouleau grew up in Michigan but has since found a home in Greensboro, North Carolina. When she moved here, she described Greensboro’s “welcoming environment” as an opportunity to get involved and be active. She embraced this call to action through her work at Procter & Gamble (P&G) and at United Way.
When Terri first joined P&G in Greensboro, she was thrilled to learn of the company’s partnership with United Way. The plant she works at, located twenty minutes from the downtown area, is not only a generous donor to United Way, but it also arms the organization with nearly one thousand volunteers for various projects annually.
As a Senior Human Resources Manager, Terri helps facilitate this relationship. However, she gives credit to the employees for the company’s support of United Way. “Managers at P&G usually relocate as part of our internal development program,” she explains, “So it’s the technician base that really drives that community involvement and [wants] to better the community that they live in.”
Terri calls the company’s relationship with United Way a “win, win, win” for the employees, the community, and the company. “P&G really does stand for community involvement,” she says, “Because at the heart of what we do is the consumer, and every consumer is a member of the community.”
When asked what her ideal vision of “Greater Greensboro” would look like, she said she hoped that the current ‘End the Cycle of Poverty’ initiative at United Way would become “the norm.” “It is a success story in the infancy stages, but I see the collaboration much bigger than that and the pilot program working.” With the support of generous companies like P&G, United Way’s mission could indeed be the success story that she describes and implement solutions to permanently end poverty in Greensboro.