In my 15 years with United Way of Madison County, 2013 has been the one with the most internal change.
Several key staff members made decisions to pursue other opportunities or to retire, and those departures expedited a realignment of our internal structure, a task that has been on my plate for a couple of years.
Kim Williams joined the staff last spring, bringing years of marketing experience to our organization, and she has put her communications into action as vice president of resource development.
Today, United Way of Madison County is funded by the local campaign, but also by numerous grants and other funding streams that are connected to our goals: increasing economic opportunity and stability of low income households by improving employment and financial skills, and ensuring that children enter school ready to succeed.
In June, Georgeann Whitworth joined the staff as RSVP (55+ volunteer program) director, bringing her years of community experience to increase program outreach and development. This change allowed former director Kim Rogers-Hatfield to assume a broader range of duties with United Way. As vice president of operations, Kim continues to oversee the RSVP grant reporting and to work with Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), but she now also manages the Community Access Network programs including utility and other assistance, mini grant funding and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.
Karen Hemberger, vice president of impact, joined United Way in July to assume oversight of Born Learning Connection, Covering Kids and Families Coalition, and Hardest Hit Fund foreclosure prevention programs. Karen brings years of United Way impact experience to our community and has easily stepped into her role here, connecting with schools and community partners. She will also manage the financial stability and early childhood program funding and work with the partner groups.
Julie Barton joined the staff in July to provide outreach for both Hardest Hit Fund and Covering Kids and Families. Julie adds a new dimension to our work as an Indiana Navigator for health care enrollments. She also works with Hardest Hit Fund clients in Madison and Grant counties to place them into volunteer positions that are a condition of the assistance they receive.
This month, Born Learning outreach coordinators Lynn Silvey and Penny Henderson moved into the United Way office on East 5th Street from across the parking lot, where they had been housed with CAPE. This completes a six-month transition of Born Learning Connection that will help us more fully integrate our early childhood and financial stability work.
We also have the assistance of VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) Sally Fritsche. VISTA is a federally funded program that places volunteers with nonprofit organizations for a year of service. Sally and two other VISTAs (placed with partner organizations) are working in our community for a small living stipend to help us develop the financial stability strategies. Finally, we are assisted with community projects and student engagement at Anderson University by Intern Anna Rayis.
These changes give us the ability to better connect, create and communicate positive impact across Madison County. To find out more, check out www.unitedwaymadisonco.org.
Nancy Vaughan is president of United Way of Madison County Inc. Her column appears the fourth Sunday of each month. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-3061.