LCISD’s Joan Forburger leads United Way in CassPublished 11:33am Monday, April 19, 2010
United Way of Southwest Michigan is mobilizing volunteers throughout the community as it gears up for the 2010 annual campaign.
Some very familiar faces will be out in their own cities to encourage residents and businesses to support the annual fundraising effort.
Leading the charge are 2010 Campaign Co-Chairs Lake Michigan College President Bob Harrison, who will focus his work on Berrien County; and Joan Forburger, director of career technical education at Lewis Cass Intermedate School District who will lead the Cass County team.
“We have a great mix of people from all the individual communities in Berrien and Cass counties,” Harrison said.
“They are all active and involved leaders who are well respected. They also truly understand and support the mission of United Way. I think, despite a still struggling economy, we will have a dynamic year.”
Each of the campaign cabinet members will have team members within their own areas.
Once these teams are created there will be more than 50 community leaders volunteering with United Way.
“We have people who have experience on the campaign cabinet and those who are bringing a new perspective to the table,” said Forburger. “Together we will have the experience and energy to have a successful year.”
There will also be an extended effort to increase the number of leadership givers ($500 and above) and to reach out to both retirees and young professionals to explain the benefits of investing with United Way.
“I feel very good about this campaign cabinet and how we are localizing the effort,” said United Way President Anna Murphy. “United Way works in communities throughout Berrien and Cass counties. It is important for people to see and understand how the United Way efforts impact the lives of one out of every five people in this community. That’s in every community from Watervliet to Buchanan and from St. Joseph to Marcellus.”
Benton Harbor: Dave Doetsch, vice-president/general manager, Mid-West Family Broadcasting;
Todd Gustafson, executive director, Michigan Works!
Berrien Springs/Eau Claire/Sodus: Karen Kinyon, RN, administrator, Lakeland Specialty Hospital.
Buchanan: Alice Kring, Owner, Redbud Insurance.
Cassopolis: Patti Middleton-Badner, CISR, CIC, account executive, Kemner-Iott Insurance Agency.
Coloma/Watervliet: Jennifer Sipla, agent, Insurance Management Services.
St. Joseph: Joseph Dick, vice president, Chemical Bank.
South Berrien County: Bob Story, workweek manager, AEP/D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant.
Stevensville/Baroda: Stacey Stephens, AVP, commercial loans, Edgewater Bank.
Other Campaign Cabinet members include:
Restaurant special events – Mike Chesser, co-owner and marketing development director, BlueStarHighway.com.
Special development liaisons – J.C. Anderson, retired, Whirlpool Corp; Charles Jespersen, retired, Whirlpool Corp.
United Way is always looking for dedicated volunteers. If you would like to help with the United Way campaign in your area, contact United Way Campaign Manager Retta Curneal at (269) 925-7772, ext. 18, for Berrien County or Sandy Ricci at (269) 925-7772, ext. 31 for Cass County.
United Way is a global network that advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health.
The United Way movement creates long-lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of problems that prevent progress in these areas.
Live United is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.
For more information about United Way, please visit www.uwsm.org <http://www.uwsm.org/> or www.liveunited.org <http://www.liveunited.org/> .