Going Beyond: Julie Schneekloth
UFG Insurance Assistant Vice President and Training Director, Julie Schneekloth, was named the recipient of the 2018 UFG Employee Go Beyond award. UFG is proud to donate $5,000 to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Iowa’s Hospitals and Clinics on her behalf, in recognition of her selfless contributions to local non-profit organizations. Read more about this organization and Julie’s dedication to her home community of Cedar Rapids.
Community at the Center of Everything
Julie Schneekloth hit the ground running with her dedication to community volunteerism after attending a United Way agency meeting during UFG’s annual United Way campaign several years ago. During that meeting, Schneekloth learned about United Way’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI), now called Women United, and started giving monetarily. Women United unites the power of women to provide funding and health care service solutions for women in need in our community. Shortly after, she was asked to join the steering committee for Women United. Schneekloth realized it would be a great way to bring one of her passions to light—making Cedar Rapids a better place and helping to build a great community.
“There’s need at every level and so much more than people realize,” says Schneekloth. “Most of these organizations don’t have much of a budget most of the time, so seeing what our community can pull together and accomplish is incredible.”
Through the WLI, Schneekloth has gotten to know a dedicated group of women in the community who are similarly passionate about the community and making things happen in the area. Says Schneekloth: “I really look forward to our meetings and planning WLI events. The group of women involved with WLI have a devotion to helping and making a difference in the community.”
Schneekloth is also involved with the Cedar Rapids Police Department (CRPD), involved with community outreach and helping with parades, trick or treating and other community events. When she was younger, her aunt and uncle were involved with the CRPD. After her uncle passed away, the police department took her aunt and her family in and worked hard to make sure they were taken care of, leaving an impression on Schneekloth for what the CRPD provides for members of the Cedar Rapids community.
Along with supporting United Way and the CRPD, women’s issues hold a special place in Schneekloth’s heart. She’s actively involved with the American Heart Association’s Circle of Red, a group of local women who advocate for healthy hearts and heart disease and stroke awareness.
In 2018, in recognition of her work in the community, Schneekloth received Waypoint Service’s Tribute to Women of Achievement in Service to the Community award.
Schneekloth credits her involvement with women’s health issues in the community for increased awareness of her own health and making sure to regularly go for preventative checkups. In April of last year, she was diagnosed with cancer. She immediately thought of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics due to their excellent reputation and advocacy in cancer health. After surgery in May, Schneekloth is happy to say that she is cancer-free. She can’t stress enough the importance of regular screenings.
Thanks to the service and treatment Schneekloth received and the importance of what they do, Schneekloth chose the Holden Center as the recipient of her Go Beyond award.
For Schneekloth, her volunteerism is a way to help improve her community. She has a deeper appreciation for the need of many agencies in the area.
“Stop using 'I’m too busy' as an excuse. Just take the leap and make time happen. You—and the people you serve—will be happy you did.”