United Way of Seneca Co. leader to retire

After 18 years with and 16 years at the helm of the United Way of Seneca County (UWSC), Karen Beals has announced her plan to retire from her position at the end of January 2015. In response to this announcement, UWSC Board of Directors Chair Jeff Hoffman has indicated that the Board will be developing a timeline at its May meeting.”It has been a privilege to lead this organization. We have worked together on policy and advocacy, campaigns and events, collaborations and coalitions, and helped each other during tough times. I believe we accomplished a great deal together,” said Ms. Beals. “That said, I also believe that UWSC is entitled to the fresh perspective and new ideas that a change in leadership can provide.”Under Ms. Beals’ leadership with assistance from the staff and Board, the United Way of Seneca County’s efforts led to many important results benefiting community organizations and residents of Seneca County. These include partnership with Seneca County Workforce Development for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and collaborative efforts with Seneca County Partners for Children, Youth and Families resulting in the Red Book Shelves throughout the community. UWSC was a key leader in increasing the awareness of the need for the Seneca Transit Service, bringing bus transportation to the County, and in gathering stakeholders to establish the Ovid Community Health Center which provides medical and dental care to southern Seneca County. The UWSC itself has seen an increase in revenue from $369,398 in 1998 to $506,972 in 2013 and expansion of its signature gala – Taste of Spring event from 25 venders raising $9,141 in 1998 to 36 venders bringing in $18,372 in 2013. The United Way of Seneca County has been recognized as an exceptional organization at the state and federal levels.”United Way of Seneca County was founded by local individuals, businesses and organizations to provide a voice for collective action, and to assist members in creating impact locally. Karen’s leadership has been invaluable to the creation of a high-caliber organization that is effective in influencing policy and strengthening local community-building efforts,” said Mr. Hoffman.UWSC is a non-profit organization serving the local community through leadership, grants development, and assistance in addressing community issues.Mr. Hoffman stated: “The UWSC Board is committed to an open, thorough and transparent search for a new CEO. We welcome input from local organizations and other stakeholders as we envision the next phase of our service to the people of Seneca County.”

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