United Way Campaign Kickoff

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United Way of Kent County has kicked off its 2017-2018 fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $210,000 to help local agencies provide an array of critical services to this community.  Your donations directly help out with emergency food and shelter, medical services, crisis intervention, youth character, educational enrichment and significant programs for self-sufficiency.

A United Way brochure and contribution envelope are being mailed to all Kent County postal patrons and you should receive yours soon.  It’s my hope that you’ll consider making a donation, regardless of how large or how small, to make sure our neighbors receive the assistance they need.

We appreciate the 25 agencies that use the donated funds to make a difference in our community.  We appreciate your donations in the past and hope that you can continue to support United Way in the future.  Along with your donation, countless volunteers are working hard to make a difference in Kent County.  We can’t thank you enough for your support.

Thank you.

Bob Grace
Honorary Campaign Chairman

United Way Adds Two New Directors

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New United Way Board members Ed Silver and Thad Bench II

United Way of Kent County is delighted to welcome two new board members in 2017.

Ed Silver, a Kent County resident and educator for 27 years, has worked as a teacher, principal, and central office administrator for Kent County Public Schools.  In 1996, he was named the Maryland Teacher of the Year and in 1997 a National Milken Educator.  He was principal of four Kent County schools before moving to the central office. He spent two years as Supervisor of Educational Services, then moved to his current position in Human Resources in 2013.  A graduate of Penn State University in Community Development, Ed earned a Master’s in Education from East Stroudsburg University and has completed his doctoral classes at Wilmington University.  Ed and his wife Patty have raised five daughters in Kent County. Ed says, “As a 28 year educator in Kent County, I have been amazed by the number of agencies doing great work serving the residents of the county.  I wanted to serve on the United Way board to help highlight and encourage the many tremendous ways neighbors are caring for neighbors in Kent County.”

Thad Bench II holds a business development role at Benchworks with a focus on both pharmaceutical and middle market accounts.  Prior to joining Benchworks, Thad enjoyed a successful stint in commercial real estate while at Hyatt Commercial in Annapolis, MD. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and was part of the nationally ranked St. Mary’s sailing team.  He is a lifelong resident of Kent County, newlywed, and father of a baby girl.

United Way Board President Glenn Wilson commented, “Our Board is delighted to have Ed and Thad join us. They bring important perspectives to the good work that we do for our Community.”

United Way of Kent County identifies the human services needs of the community, promotes Member Agency programs to increase public understanding and financial and volunteer support, solicits funds for these agencies by conducting an annual fund-raising campaign, and allocates these funds, giving emphasis to those agency programs prioritized by the Board of Directors.  For more information on the work of United Way, or to donate or volunteer, call 410-778-3195 or go to the United Way website.

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United Way Campaign Update

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Letter to the Editor:

As we head into the last month of our 60th annual campaign for United Way of Kent County, our “giving thermometer” is just shy of 95% of our $210,000 goal.  The volunteer board members of UWKC, and especially the 24 member agencies which comprise our family of charities, are sincerely grateful to our Kent County friends and neighbors who have brought us this far in our appeal.  Even more importantly, the hundreds of Kent County families and individuals whose lives – through your contributions – have been enriched with better health, greater financial stability, and better education, are truly appreciative of this community’s generosity and caring spirit.

The critical needs of Kent County’s less fortunate will not be met even if we attain 100% of our goal, but each and every contribution, large or small, goes a long way toward improving the quality of life for all.

The success of this campaign and our member agencies’ efforts to better the lives of Kent County’s most needy rely on the generosity of us all, and we urge our Kent County neighbors to help us achieve our goal.

Sincere Thanks,

Glenn Wilson

President, United Way of Kent County

United Way Visits Camp Fairlee

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United Way of Kent County board member Patti Dowling and Executive Director Beth Everett (back) visit Camp Fairlee during the first week of summer camp there. Robbie, a Kent County resident and Camp Fairlee Camper, is pictured here with his one-on-one counselor, Alanah.

United Way of Kent County funds non-profits like Easterseals Camp Fairlee all over Kent County so that Kent County residents like Robbie with special needs can attend camp in the summer, weekend Respite sessions throughout the year and even Travel trips to other states.

For more information on United Way of Kent County or any of its Member Agencies, call 410-778-3195 or go to www.unitedwayofkentcounty.org.

United Way of Kent County Gathers for Annual Meeting

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Elizabeth Everett, Executive Director, announced that the annual meeting of the United Way of Kent County will be held on Thursday, April 6 at 8:00 am at Heron Point in Chestertown.  At the meeting, Volunteers of the Year for each of its 25 Member Agencies will be honored.  Additionally, the agenda includes recognition of United Way’s Business Partner of the Year and elections of officers for the coming year.  The meeting is open to the public, and a breakfast buffet will be available for a price.  Please call United Way of Kent County at 410-778-3195 for a reservation.

United Way of Kent County Annual Breakfast Celebrates Volunteers

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The United Way of Kent County held its Annual Breakfast Meeting on Tuesday, April 5, at Chester River Yacht and Country Club. Over a delicious breakfast, Member Agencies’ Volunteers of the Year were recognized for their contributions to Kent County and their agencies.

This year United Fund had representatives from the offices of Senator Mikulski (Linda Prochaska) and Senator Cardin (Kim Kratovil) who gave each honoree a certificate from the senator thanking and congratulating them.

This year’s Business Partner of the year was WCTR because of their generosity with their airtime, giving UWKC and its agencies airtime whenever we want it, usually on Monday afternoons with Talk of The Town. They also run PSA’s free of charge on a daily basis.

2016 United Way of Kent County Breakfast Volunteers

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United Way of Kent County Board

Front row (l-r): Treasurer Alison Libshitz, Katie Warrington, President Elect Glenn Wilson, President Carol Droge, Mary Fisher, and Secretary Marilyn Parks. Back row (l-r): Executive Director Beth Everett, Dick Barker, Sarah Feyerherm, Barbara Foster, Vice President Jay Alexander, Chip Williams, Bob Greenwald, Bill MacIntosh, and Mickey Elsberg. Missing: Nicole Parr

Front row (l-r): Treasurer Alison Libshitz, Katie Warrington, President Elect Glenn Wilson, President Carol Droge, Mary Fisher, and Secretary Marilyn Parks. Back row (l-r): Executive Director Beth Everett, Dick Barker, Sarah Feyerherm, Barbara Foster, Vice President Jay Alexander, Chip Williams, Bob Greenwald, Bill MacIntosh, and Mickey Elsberg. Missing: Nicole Parr

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Guest Chef Dinner at the Lemon Leaf/J.R.’s to Benefit United Way of Kent County

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Ralph Dowling, President and CEO of The Peoples Bank, will again be preparing his famous Paella at The Lemon Leaf Café/J.R.’s Past-Time Pub on Tuesday, March 15th. Those attending will be treated to a savory buffet, including dessert, with paella as its centerpiece.

United Way Executive Director Beth Everett said, “A function of this nature means a great deal to United Way. The need in Kent County is much greater than most people realize. Last year’s event netted the United Way of Kent County over $5,000. This gives us the opportunity to expand our work within the County and help many more of our Kent County residents.”

This type of fundraiser is something that both JR Alfree and Ralph Dowling enjoy doing. When put together, it is a guaranteed success, and tickets are selling fast.

Tickets are $40.00 per person, including tax and gratuity, and may be purchased from the United Way of Kent County by emailing Beth at unitedwaykc@verizon.net, calling 410-778-3195, or stopping by the office at 819 High Street, Chestertown. All proceeds benefit the United Way of Kent County and its 24 Member Agencies.

United Way of Kent County Annual Meeting Set for April 5

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Elizabeth Everett, Executive Director, announced that the annual meeting of the United Way of Kent County will be held on Tuesday, April 5 at 8:00 am at Chester River Yacht and Country Club. At the meeting, Volunteers of the Year for each of its 24 Member Agencies will be honored. Additionally, the agenda includes recognition of United Way’s Business Partner of the Year and elections of officers for the coming year. The meeting is open to the public, and a breakfast buffet will be available for a price.

Please call United Way of Kent County at 410-778-3195 for a reservation.

Good Stuff: United Way of Kent County Close to Goal

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United Way of Kent County is pleased to report that its 2014-2015 campaign, with four months remaining, is now at 90% of its $190,000 goal.

UWKC Board President Alan Chesney and Campaign Chair Bill MacIntosh thank all those donors who have contributed so generously, but are quick to note that even if the campaign’s dollar goal is achieved, not all of the pressing needs of the community will be met. They comment that particularly critical during these winter months are United Way member agencies that provide emergency services funds for heat, utilities, shelter and food. However, the on-going needs for mediation, the disabled, mental health and investment in our Kent County youth do not take the winter off.

Contributions through payroll deduction at one’s place of work are a growing component of the campaign, and Chesney expresses his appreciation to those local companies who have worked with UWKC to facilitate year-round giving. Chesney notes “A programmed donation of five or ten dollars per paycheck is an amount that most employees will discover is a very easy and painless way to support the services of our member agencies. The employee won’t miss the amount deducted, and a Kent County recipient won’t miss a meal.”

Donations may be made by check to “United Way of Kent County” at P.O. Box 594, Chestertown, MD, 21620. UWKC’s website, www.unitedwayofkentcounty.org has full descriptions of each member agency’s programs and provides links to each of the agencies and the ability to accept online contributions.