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Are United Way Volunteers Joining a Cult?

December 30, 2018

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My Recent Interview for a Volunteer Position...

by Susan

I share my first-hand account of applying for a volunteer position to work with homeless people. The program is called "Americorps."

I submitted my application to the United Way, one of the largest and most profitable American "non-profit" organizations in the world.

Know this first: I had already known all about this "charity" as I had researched it several years back and it was glaringly listed among the worst and most virulently criminal 501 (c)(3) fraudulent scams on the face of this earth. (THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS!!!) If you find ONE, by all means, let me know and I will GLADLY stand corrected.

Last September or October of 2018, I went for my scheduled appointment in person to the main local office for my formal interview.

Aside from myself, there were two people in attendance. I had applied for this volunteer position to assist the homeless people. I had already submitted my resume and cover letter as de rigueur.

The head of the group, a well-dressed, well-coiffed woman that looked to be in her early sixties said she had worked there for 18 years. She began by offering me job: a part-time position with the organization, 20-hours per week plus a stipend of $700.00 per month which is equal to $3.50 per hour.

This position required my signature on a certain consent form which would give this outfit the full authority to do a thorough background check on me including all my financial data. I would also need to consent to be fingerprinted at the police station.

Then I was casually and glossily informed that this $3.50 per hour position would require a written and signed agreement, a fully legally binding contract, stating that I would not and could not leave the position before the time period or term had finalized.

This was all much to my amazement. I then naturally asked, well what if something happens that would prevent me from completing the term?

The woman stated in a contrived casually unconcerned way that  of course there would be certain circumstances that they would allow early termination, IF I was to provide documented PROOF of the cause.

This of course concerned me greatly. I asked "What sort of 'documented PROOF' might you require?" She replied again, casually but knowing full-well, a legal document from someone of authority that could confirm my stated reason of early termination.

Then she added "so that you will not "get docked." I said "DOCKED?" What do you mean "DOCKED?" And I thought WHAT??? 'Taken to court???' 'SUED???' 'Money taken from me???' ARRESTED??? THROWN INTO PRISON????

She did not answer my question about what exactly did she mean by "DOCKED."

I then said that I only want to volunteer. They said that I would still need to sign the same consent forms to give them full access to all my records including my financial records and that I would still need to get WORK FOR FREE.

I politely said thank you and I left.

I called to follow up and they never returned my call.

Susan adds: 

UNITED WAY has been EXPOSED as an outright FRAUD and is among the worst of all "CHARITIES" They work for no one but themselves and they pocket all the money.

William Aramony

William Aramony served for 22 years as president and CEO of United Way of America (UWA), the umbrella group for thousands of local United Way organizations that fund social and human service projects nationwide. In 1992, Aramony resigned amidst allegations that he siphoned money from UWA through spin-off companies he helped to create. Before the scandal broke, Aramony was widely respected as one of the most influential nonprofit leaders of his time. He even had a hand in creating many of the rules under which charities operate today. In 1995, Aramony and two conspirators, Thomas Merlo and Stephen Paulachak, were convicted of defrauding UWA. Aramony was convicted on 25 felony counts and sentenced to seven years in prison for fraudulently diverting $1.2 million of the charity's money to benefit himself and his friends.

This scandal is especially memorable given how Aramony chose to use some of the charity's funds. For instance, he used UWA cash to woo a girl, Lori Villasor, left, who was only 17 years old when they began dating; Aramony was 59. He met Villasor while dating her slightly older sister. 

Both young women were added to UWA's payroll. For his notoriously young girlfriend, Aramony spent $450,000 of the charity's money to purchase and lavishly furnish a New York condo; $78,000 to chauffeur her around New York City; and $4,800 to renovate her home in Florida. The couple vacationed in Egypt, London, Las Vegas, and Atlantic City. The New York Times reported on the testimony of Aramony's former aide, Rina Duncan, with whom he also had an affair. Duncan testified to falsifying Aramony's expense records for seven years so that he could charge the charity for things like champagne, flowers and plane tickets for Villasor.

Aramony was also known for treating female employees inappropriately. He offered some women financial benefits if they had sex with him and would transfer those who declined, according to the indictment. Aramony's lawyer claimed there were medical reasons for his client's behavior, arguing Aramony's ability to control impulses was impaired by brain atrophy.

When Aramony resigned amidst scandal in 1992, the organization's growth in contributions stalled for a few years. CharityWatch president, Daniel Borochoff, remarked in USA Today in 1995 as to how the scandal influenced public perception of charities, saying, "It created a climate where donors are more questioning. They want to know more about how an organization is governed and the ethics of its leaders."

First Comment from George

The United Way is just one very corrupt charity among many. Part of the problem is the way 501(c)3 laws are written. The charities are obligated to pay only ten percent of receipts to the stated objective. Sometimes, as with the Clinton Foundation, they reportedly don't even contribute that. They almost never get properly investigated, and if they do, the perps seldom if ever go to prison. The way the so-called charities justify this behavior is that they need money for fund-raising, staff, etc. The reported business of soliciting financial information on the so-called volunteers and going for them financially if they intend to get out of their contract is yet another level of predation. It is bad enough already because of the absurd ten percent rule. The best way to contribute to charity, IMHO, is to pick a recipient with your own eyes and not go through any organization. That way you are likely to have more than ten percent going to the intended target. True, they may be scam artists with their own handlers. But it can hardly be worse than donating to a 501(c)3 outfit. 

Scruples - the game of moral dillemas

Comments for "Are United Way Volunteers Joining a Cult?"

Mary said (December 30, 2018):

I never have figured out why people want to give to an organization and let them decide which organizations will receive your money while taking a huge chunk out for themselves first,!!

Of course, United Way is one of the greediest of all of those supposedly non-profit organizations.
That simply means that they divvy up all the money amongst their executives and nothing is left at the end of the year.

John F said (December 30, 2018):

Great and informative article Henry,

It reminds me of this same United Way offering
condolences BEFORE the Sandy Hook hoax
ever supposedly happened.

David A said (December 30, 2018):

In 1991 I got my first good paying job in corporate America. Every year when the annual UW campaign kicked off, pressure was put on everyone in the organization to contribute handsomely so the company could boast "100% participation". I gladly complied, since I was making the best money of my career so far. The next year when the Aramony scandal broke in the news, I dropped my UW giving completely. I never gave UW another dime until very recently, when the company I now work for basically subsidizes employee contributions to keep participation high: for a minimum annual pledge they give you a paid day off (which is worth more than the amount I give). The only reason I do this is because I can earmark my contribution to go to a worthy institution, in my case the Salvation Army. Otherwise I wouldn't give a nickel to UW.

Anonymous said (December 30, 2018):

I live in the UK and i can identify with all that Susan said about volunteering to help the homeless

I volunteered at my local church to do the soup run, as its called this is taking a hot soup and some bread to each of the rough sleepers in our area which at that time was about 60 maybe 70 people.

Many were soldiers who went to fight Tony Blaits war on iraq, there were massive demonstrations and marches in very city in the UK telling the soldiers do not go, for those that disobeyed the people, as in Vietnam in the USA, their families disowned them, these men are seen as war criminals.

What got to me was each homeless person and overall i met over 100, all were " our " people, English Scots Irish no foreigners who i was told get extra benefit moneys and help.

A manager of several com pantries used to be one of our team, he told us the government told British industry the C. B.I

to employ foreign first, some people think they work for less money but the first thing they do is join the union to get equal pay.

We found that 2 muslim cafe owners at the end of each day would take out hot food to the homeless, one of these men John Fraser was an ex soldier, he broke down and cried as he told us, in iraq we were killing these people and here they are now feeding us
John Fraser died of hyperthermia over the winter period 2 years ago.

One muslim cafe owner said its in the Koran that they have to feed the hungry, and he said its unsold food which at the end of the day would only be thrown away.
The government needs to address why priority is given to the countries newcomers while our own people starve on the streets like this

Tony B said (December 30, 2018):

In the first place, when charity was just charity, individuals to others, those most in need were generally taken care of in a cheerful manner. When government interfered charity soon became "entitlement," with all the bureaucratic uncaring coldness attached.

Concerning United Way, I have a little personal story:

In the mid 1960s I became a United States Mail Carrier. At a certain time of my first year (don't remember dates), a desk sitter employee whom I had never seen came around, as we carriers were casing our mail for the day, with a clip board and pencil. He asked each of us how much we were contributing to United Way that year. When he approached me I told him "nothing."

Immediately his back was up. "Everybody gives something," was his sarcastic retort.

My reply was: "Not me."

The man tried a little bullying so I told him that how I use my pay is my business, not his. He finally went away. Immediately some of the other carriers excitedly told me I would have to give something or I would lose my job. I told them I'd take that to the highest court in the land if anyone tried it. The desk sitter and several others came to my case every morning with threats of one kind or another and every morning they got the same answers with other carriers repeatedly warning me that my job was in jeopardy.

When the alloted time for the yearly extortion was over the other carriers laughed at me saying that I had given in anyway as the newspaper had reported the usual 100% Post Office contributions of X dollars. Flatly told them that the paper or the Post Office or UW lied because I gave nothing. When it finally dawned on the others that I was the one telling the truth they were all surprised. The union officials who had obviously been working me with the clip boardians were subdued.

The next year there were several others who did not give but I think the paper still called it "100%." The third year around a third of the employees in that large, big city Post Office refused to be extorted and the paper only gave the much reduced total, not claiming any percentage.

Moreover, at some time, for some forgotten reason, I had been in the United Way office in San Bernardino and noticed an open door inside it to an adjoining office, not theirs. As people were passing through it I asked what that was all about and an employee matter-of-factually told me their office adjoined the local ADL office. I bit my tongue on that revelation until I was out of there and had forgotten it until this article reminded me.

JG said (December 30, 2018):

It's sad but very often the qualifications and screening for volunteer positions with "non profit" organizations are more stringent than that in the governmental or private sector.

The good jobs of traveling around the world and staying at 4 star hotels while you are on your humanitarian mission usually go to friends and relatives of the "higher positions" within those organizations.

Usually to get rid of you they offer you a "grunt" position like helping remodel homes in high crime urban areas which you could do on your own without their help. The Peace Corps once offered me a position like that. I graciously declined their offer.

The Salvation Army is still one of the most legitimate charitable organizations out there. More of your dollar actually goes to the needed than most other organizations if not all.

The late Joan Krock left a record 1.2 billion dollars to the Salvation Army years ago.

Don't give up there are still some legitimate charitable organizations out there. You just have to find them.

Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at