As a member of United Way of Delaware County’s 2017 Campaign leadership team, Steve Slavin is dedicating his time and treasure to help the organization achieve its mission during this year’s campaign.
Slavin, a realtor in Muncie, attributes his personal success to his community’s support.
“My success is not because of any one person, but rather the community that supports me and my company,” he says. “Without that embrace, my work would be very tough. I'm asked all the time about how Muncie will reinvent itself. I'm hoping I can learn more about that through the gifts of others and the stories they share.”
Slavin has volunteered for United Way in years past, but he found this year’s bold goal to improve grade-level reading performance among third-graders, a known indicator for future success, particularly inspiring.
“I'm looking to learn more about how our community helps its own through this type of giving,” Slavin said. “I want to show others how United Way impacts our community, and I want to better understand how I can be a more active cheerleader of our community to others.”
Out of 240 communities across the country, Delaware County is one of only 15 showing significant progress in bringing all third-graders to standard reading success by 2024.
Slavin’s professional success as a realtor with Coldwell Banker Lunsford, where’s he’s been the top broker for a number of years and is recognized as a top one percent producer within the entire Coldwell Banker brand, has been significant as well. However, Slavin says that his true inspiration comes from watching a family legacy of generosity and his work serving on the boards of the Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity and the Northwest YMCA of Muncie. Slavin says that his parents, Jim and Linda, regularly engaged in fundraising efforts, which taught him selflessness and an inclination toward community service.
“I recognize how fortunate I've been, and it encourages me to give back,” he said. “I’ve seen people on our leadership team already devote extraordinary gifts to moving our community forward. I want to be a part of that effort and ensure Delaware County is a wonderful home for decades to come.”
One way Slavin hopes to lift up his community is by contributing to a solution that strives to end poverty and educate Delaware County’s young people on the issue. Through United Way, Slavin works to help families in need with financial stability and early childhood education.
“I want to help encourage our community to see United Way as a leader in moving us forward,” he concludes. “It hasn’t been until recently I’ve seen how deeply they impact everyone here locally.”