The Lincoln County Board of United Way elected Randy Getman as its president for 2014-2015 and has added three new members: Julie Buck, Interim Director of the Lincoln Commission on Children and Families; Gail Kimberling, Director of the Lincoln City Community Center; and Frank Perea, Publisher of the News Guard.
Getman, District Manager at Barrett Business Services (BBSI) in Newport, succeeds Michael A. Smith, Manager of the Newport branch of US Bank. Smith will begin service on the United Way Finance Committee, a joint committee among Lincoln County and Benton County board members.
“I’m very impressed with the level of dedication I see on our board, as well as the dynamic team we have on staff,” Getman said. “We will be working very hard to achieve measurable results through our programs and partnerships in Lincoln County, and I am proud to help lead that. “ Jennifer Moore, United Way Executive Director, added “United Way in Lincoln County has made significant strides under Michael Smith’s leadership. I look forward to continuing that momentum during Randy Getman’s tenure.”
United Way Board member Barbara Dougherty will chair the United Way’s newly formed Community Impact Committee. The committee will guide United Way and other local organizations in moving beyond “business as usual” to invest in the community in new ways. “Lincoln County residents are pretty good at addressing the challenges faced by our neighbors in need,” Dougherty said. “We have some terrific agencies providing timely and needed services, but they tell us that more is needed. I strongly believe that to change conditions in our community and provide a better life for all, we must identify and focus on the root causes of our challenges,” Dougherty said.
The Committee will do that by using existing data and collecting additional information as needed to determine priorities for United Way in its three primary impact areas of Education, Income, and Health, Dougherty said.
Jennifer Moore added she is “excited to launch the Community Impact Committee, and expand the capacity of United Way to help people, and to solve complex issues.”
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United Way of Benton & Lincoln Counties partners with health and human service agencies that comprise an effective network of service programs meeting many everyday needs: from caring for vulnerable populations to disaster relief. These agencies improve the lives of children, assist those with disabilities, provide health and wellness care, offer assistance to seniors and help those in need of emergency/crisis care. Community members receive these services regardless of income level or social class. Giving to United Way is the most effective way to make a difference—to create positive, measurable change. Your contribution, magnified by the gifts of so many other, helps more than one person, one charity or one issue. United Way is a community builder, connecting people through philanthropy and volunteerism to the larger community. The connections we make produce powerful results effecting real, lasting community change.