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United Way announces four new board members

By Staff | Jul 7, 2009

Larry Hart, Lee County Assistant Tax Collector and United Way Board Chair, announced on Tuesday that four community leaders have been elected to the United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades board of directors.

The new board members include: Cynthia Hawkins, Wiltshire, Whitley, Richardson and English; Stan Nelson, Lee County Sheriff’s Office; Deborah Richmond, Armadillo Underground; and Vincent Tomlinson, community volunteer.

The new board members were elected at the Annual Meeting of the United Way on June 20.

The board of directors overseas the organization’s fundraising, fund distribution, and community planning efforts. Last year in our community, more than 300,000 people’s lives were touched by United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades 70 partner agencies and 160 initiatives. These services are fueled by an annual campaign that raised more than $8 million in 2008-2009.

Since the inception of United Way in 1957, $88 million dollars have been raised in our community. All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network. United Way partner agencies and initiatives like Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, Children’s Advocacy Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, LARC and United Way 211 serve a diverse range of needs in our community such as nurturing children and youth, strengthening families, meeting critical needs such as helping the elderly and disabled live independently, and empowering communities by bringing health and human services to neighborhoods.

In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, the United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies and initiatives, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives.

For more information, call United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades at 239-433-2000 or visit www.unitedwaylee.org.