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August 9, 2017 — United Way of St. Joseph County, one of the area’s leading non-profit organizations, announced that its Board of Directors has selected Laura Jensen as the organization’s new President and CEO effective September 11th. The announcement follows a concentrated search undertaken after previous President and CEO Matt Harrington’s announcement in June that he would be stepping down to fulfill a personal passion as President and CEO of Community Resources, Inc.

“We are extremely excited to have found a new President and CEO with the leadership, poise, deep education experience and passion of Ms. Jensen,” said Kurt Meyer, United Way of St. Joseph County’s Board Chair. “This is a pivotal time for our organization and we are confident that Laura can build on United Way’s historic successes and best prepare the organization to meet the challenges ahead to help meet the needs of people within our local community.”

Ms. Jensen currently serves as the Executive Director at El Campito and is a member of the United Way Board of Directors as the Community Impact representative, which serves as a voice for all United Way of St. Joseph County community impact partners.

In addition, Jensen is President of the Northern Indiana Early Childhood Professionals, Latin America Chamber of Commerce, Ivy Tech Education Advisory Committee and Ready to Grow St. Joe Advisory Board.

“United Way has a long and respected history of building a better community in this area and I cannot wait to join its talented team,” said Ms. Jensen. “It will take a lot of hard work to transform the landscape of our community to as related to reducing poverty, but I feel confident United Way of St. Joseph County is the organization to lead this effort, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of their vision and mission.”

Originally from Fort Wayne, she attended Bishop Dwenger High School and Ball State with a degree in elementary Education and a Spanish minor. In June of 2016, Laura completed her Masters of Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame.   At present, she resides in South Bend with her family.

“Laura Jensen has the background and experience needed for today’s collective impact approach,” said Matt Harrington, former President and CEO of United Way of St. Joseph County. “She has the vision and leadership skills that can make a significant, positive difference – not just during the current fight to reduce poverty, but also in future efforts to strengthen our community.”

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – On September 29, 2014, United Way of St. Joseph County will proudly welcome Matt Harrington as its new President & CEO.  Interim President and CEO, Alfred Guillaume, Jr., will aid in onboarding before returning to retirement shortly after that time.

Over the last eight years, Matt Harrington has made a significant impact on the local community through his service as Vice President of Organizational Advancement at LOGAN Community Resources, where he worked to advance the mission of LOGAN through fundraising development, marketing, strategic partnerships, and all Employment Service programs including LOGAN Industries and Community Employment.

In addition to many other noteworthy achievements, most recently, Matt served as Chapter President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2012 and graduated from the University of Notre Dame Executive Fund Development Leadership Program in 2013.

“We are confident that Matt will lead the United Way, with its partner agencies, to new levels of success.  His passion for our community, experience in management, and understanding of collective impact will be vital in addressing the most pressing social needs in St. Joseph County,” said Chris Strafford, Executive Chair on United Way of St. Joseph County’s Board of Directors.

As the United Way of St. Joseph County embarks on the journey to reduce poverty by 25,000 individuals by 2025 and celebrates their 100th Anniversary, the timing of Matt’s recruitment was critical." I have been fortunate to have had such a rewarding career that has positively impacted many members of our community,” said Matt Harrington.  "I am honored to join the United Way team and be a part of the exciting work ahead of us."

United Way of St. Joseph County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating long-lasting change and meeting the needs of the community by ensuring that all residents have access to the building blocks to a better life. The mission of the United Way of St. Joseph County is to mobilize the community to collectively reduce poverty.


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United Way of St. Joseph County (UWSJC) announces the departure of acting President and Chief Executive Officer, Matt Harrington, effective June 30, 2017.  Harrington is leaving after over 3 years at UWSJC to fulfill a personal passion to serve the community as President and CEO of LOGAN Community Resources, Inc. where he served in leadership roles for 8 years prior to his time with United Way.

 

“United Way is a wonderful organization, where the important mission of reducing poverty is carried out by talented, committed people doing outstanding work,” said Matt Harrington.  “I want to thank the UWSJC staff, Board of Directors, and so many others for making my job so rewarding and enjoyable.  My time at United Way has been full of satisfying accomplishments, and I am confident the leadership at United Way will continue to forge ahead to serve the people of our community in the most intentional way.”

Under his direction, Harrington worked with United Way’s staff, Board of Directors, community impact partners, schools and various other entities within St. Joseph County to shift United Way’s focus to address the most complex social and pressing issue of poverty.

This shift in approach uniquely positioned United Way of St. Joseph County to implement a collective impact model. This placed United Way of St. Joseph County in a leadership role to encourage people and organizations to work together to identify strategies and solutions, which otherwise are not achievable through individual efforts.  Though convening, investing, and collaborating with individuals and groups, work will be to generate work centered on breaking the cycle of generational poverty and helping stabilize the families of today.

“My relationship with United Way does not end on June 30th,” says Harrington,  “As a resident and member of this community, I will continue to be engaged in United Way’s work as it relates to LOGAN as well as building a better results for children, families and our community.”

“Matt will be terribly missed, but United Way of St. Joseph County is committed to proudly continue the legacy he started”, said Kurt Meyer, UWSJC’s Board of Director’s Chair, “We wish Matt congratulations and the absolute best in his new endeavor as LOGAN’s new President and CEO.  We are very grateful for his contributions and commitment to continue to serve our community.”

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JUNE 5, 2017

UNITED WAY ORGANIZES MASSIVE VOLUNTEER EVENT ACROSS ST JOSEPH COUNTY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA (June 5, 2017) – Nearly 500 volunteers from more than 20 local companies along with many local residents will be mobilized to tackle volunteer projects at local social service agencies, schools and community organizations through United Way of St. Joseph County’s Day of Caring, held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

United Way Worldwide encourages local United Ways to organize a Day of Caring each year, which is an incredible collaboration between volunteers from corporate partners, residents, and community organizations.

“This is the first time United Way of St. Joseph County has hosted a local Day of Caring in several years. The relaunch this year was perfect because we saw an extremely strong interest among United Way supporters and the significant need among many local organizations within our community,” says Matt Harrington, United Way of St. Joseph County’s President and CEO.

United Way of St. Joseph County organizes this massive undertaking, perhaps the largest in the region, as part of its mission to connect the caring people of the community with opportunities to make a difference.  Through Day of Caring both individual residents and local companies send teams of employees to volunteer on projects that the service agencies might not have the manpower or resources to afford. Tasks to be completed run the gamut from packing backpacks for United Way’s Kindergarten Readiness Camps to painting, from feeding the hungry to gardening, and from cleaning and organizing to performing clerical tasks.

“Day of Caring is an opportunity to mobilize hundreds of volunteers to make making positive, long-lasting community change,” said Harrington. “This is a day when the St. Joseph community truly LIVES UNITED. What’s really special to me about this event is seeing our volunteers’ interest and excitement about their ability to change the community,” said Harrington.

 

All interested persons, companies, and agencies may register by visiting uwsjc.org/dayofcaring.  Deadline to register is June 16, 2017. Two and four hour shifts are available in both the morning and afternoon.

Follow all the action on Facebook, Instagram Twitter #DayofCaring  #LIVEUNITED

Media is invited to these photo and interview opportunities on Wednesday, June 21 between 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 pm at Potawatomi Park, South Bend or contact Rachel Brown at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 574/232-8201 ext. 231 to schedule a specific volunteer opportunity or interview.

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