It is hard to believe that I have been a United Way volunteer for over 25 years! My involvement with the United Way of York County began seven years ago when my family and I moved to York and Bob Woods asked me if I would be interested in serving on the Board of Directors. Having served in various volunteer roles with the United Way of Lancaster County and the United Way of the Capital Region it did not take me long to accept Bob’s invitation. A few years later, I became Chair of our annual campaign and now I am honored to serve as Chair of the United Way of York County’s Board of Directors.
In simple terms, United Way is a volunteer based organization which assesses community needs, raises money to meet those needs and then allocates funds to member agencies and other nonprofits which are making a measurable impact in our community. During the past six months, members of the United Way Board and staff, Member Agencies and other community leaders collaborated on drafting a new strategic plan. Thanks to the group’s collective efforts, we have identified goals and objectives which will provide the strategic framework for the next three years. Our plan identifies opportunities for us to improve and ultimately be even more effective.
It is an exciting time to be involved in the United Way of York County. We have a growing, active and engaged volunteer base serving on 17 different committees. During the past year, the number of volunteers serving on our Campaign Cabinet increased. Those volunteers along with dedicated staff contributed to our annual campaign surpassing the previous year’s totals. We also saw an increase in volunteers serving in our allocations process. This year the Allocations Steering Committee made recommendations to the United Way Board to increase the annual distribution of funds beyond what was planned for in our three year funding cycle. Our member agencies are now hard at work making an impact in our community!
It is truly a privilege to serve as your Board Chair. We have a great team of dedicated volunteers and I look forward to working directly with our Executive Committee, staff and Committee Chairs.