Hoak said one of the accomplishments he’s most proud of was helping with the reorganization of the Madison County United Way, where he started volunteering in the 1970s and served on the board of directors from 1998 to 2010. During his time, Madison County, and Anderson in particular, suffered a significant loss in automotive jobs and has since continued to struggle to find an identity economically.
In the 1980s, the United Way of Madison County changed from an allocation model to a community impact model, which employed surveys and other methods to refocus resources toward targeted community needs. The organization still uses this model.
“The community bank was gone, and quite frankly, we were worried the money we were distributing wasn’t having the effect it should,” Hoak said. “We had to change.”
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u Aspire Indiana Inc. - 26 years, 1987-present u United Way of Madison County - 37 years, 1973-2010 u Family Network Agency - 7 years, 1986-1993 u Anderson Kiwanis Club - 30 years, 1983-present u Anderson/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau - 4 years, 1986-1990 u Salvation Army - 7 years, 1991-2008 u Madison County Youth Center - 17 years, 1991-2008 u Anderson Crimestoppers - 5 years, 1985-1990 u Anderson Public Library - 4 years, 2009-present