Tuesday, May 27, 2014 —
On Friday, United Way of Stanly County officially announced that Jennifer McSwain will be the organization’s new director.
McSwain, a Stanly County native and Norwood resident, comes to the position with 15 years of volunteer experience with various non-profits in the area.
“Jennifer’s work experience, extensive community involvement and enthusiasm is what we need to move the United Way of Stanly County and the community forward,” Steve Cumming, UW Board president, said.
“We are very pleased to make this appointment.”
A current ambassador for the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce and volunteer for the American Cancer Society, McSwain has also served as event chairwoman for several Relay for Life events and helped organize fundraisers for Monarch and other nonprofits over the past several years.
“That is where my passion is, doing fundraisers, being out in the community,” McSwain said.
“Interacting with people, doing some good, that’s what gives me energy.”
UW Board Member and Chamber of Commerce Director Kathy Almond said she has seen how that personal touch has made a difference in the Chamber.
“One of the best things about Jennifer is that she’s valued throughout the community,” Almond said.
“The fact that she knows the community so well will be a great asset to United Way.” While for the remainder of the year McSwain said she is going to focus on getting familiar with the organization and its partners, she already has some idea of where she would like to take the organization.
“I want to really educate the community about what United Way and its partners do,” McSwain said.
“I’d also like to find a signature fundraiser for the event, something big to build toward every year.”
If it sounds a little ambitious, McSwain said it’s because she has big shoes to fill.
“Christy Bogle did such a great job with the organization,” McSwain said.
Bogle resigned from the position in March to become director of the Stanly Community College Foundation.
“I hope I can live up to what she’s done here and I’m very excited for the opportunity,” McSwain said.
“It was an honor to be named. It was an honor just to be considered. … I’m ready to get started.”
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