After 28 years of service to Adams County, Kathy Nelson, United Way of Adams County, President and CPO, has retired effective September 30. Her last physical day in the office was July 31. As of August 1, I have the honor and challenge of serving as Interim CPO. Leadership transition can be one of the most critical and challenging times for any organization. To meet this challenge, we have created a "Team United" to guide us through this transition and to continue to be a valued community partner as we enter our 66th year of service to the people of Adams County.
Meghan Riordan, Director of Finance & Systems Director; Diana Fasnacht, new Ready to Learn Director; our Board of Directors - President, Kami Noel (Adams Electric Cooperative), Becky Beegle (Gettysburg College), Miranda Blazek (Asst. D.A.), Wesley Doll (Upper Adams School District), Beth Fishel (FCC), Mark Grazulewicz (M & T Bank), Cindy Keeney (Victim Witness Program), John Fofanah (Dr. Pepper Snapple Group), Harry Hartman (Gettysburg Times), Will Lavery (WellSpan), Ruthmary McIlhenny (Adams County Community Foundation), Terry Redden, Pat Schindel (HACC / Pressley Ridge), and Cynthia Ziegler (Susquehanna Bank), our volunteers; and myself, in partnership with our funded agencies and community partners, we are TEAM UNITED.
We are dedicated to our vision of a community were all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. Our mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance the common good.
Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy. United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. Living united means being a part of the change. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED. It's not only about meeting goals, it's about meeting a need. Underneath everything we are, underneath everything we do, we are all people. Connected. Interdependent. United. And when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. That's what it means to LIVE UNITED..to be a TEAM UNITED.