MESSAGE FROM 2014 BOARD CHAIR, CATHY GOAD
2014 was a very exciting year for the United Way of Carlsbad and South Eddy County (UWCSEC) starting with the addition of Linda Dodd as our new Executive Director. Linda’s enthusiasm and great organizational skills helped move us forward as an organization. We also welcomed the addition of Michelle Whitzel as our Manager of Finance & Administration, Barbara Salmons joined the staff in October as our new Resource Manager and Abby Navarrette served as our Business Professionals of America student. We are very fortunate to have such an amazing and dedicated staff working to help better our community.
I can’t say enough great things about our Annual Campaign! The combined efforts of Linda Dodd and our generous community resulted in over $915,000 in donor contributions, the largest campaign drive, to date, achieved by UWCSEC. We also had a successful casino night fundraiser that raised $5000 to support this year’s campaign and was great fun for those that attended.
Other highlights this year included our inaugural “Day of Caring” organized by the Nuclear Waste Partnership. More than 100 volunteers joined together to complete 15 different projects for our partner agencies and other non-profit organizations in the community. The event was well received by the community and dates are currently being discussed for the “Second Annual Day of Caring”.
Thanks to incredible community and business involvement, this year’s “Stuff the Bus” campaign was the biggest ever, raising over $13,000 worth of school supplies and $10,000 in business sponsorships with Devon Energy serving as the lead corporate sponsor.
Another great accomplishment was the implementation of our 2-1-1 information and referral line. You just dial 2-1-1 and our United Way office can provide you with a referral for programs offering assistance with food, housing, employment, childcare, transportation, health services, senior services and more.
In addition to supporting our local partner agencies, UWCSEC provided $301,000 in Community Impact Funding for additional programs and services in the community and over $12,000 in Emerging Needs Grants were awarded to programs such as the Southeast NM Veterans Transportation Network, Transitional Housing Shelter & Hospitality Interfaith Project (SHIP) Program and funds to supply sleeping bags & tents for homeless veterans and the Boys & Girls Club Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless. This is just a snapshot of your United Way dollars at work in Carlsbad and South Eddy County in 2014.
As the outgoing Chair, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to work for you and to my employer, Intrepid Potash, for giving me the flexibility needed to hold this office. I would also like to thank the Board of Directors for your support this past year – it has been a pleasure working with each of you. Kathi Smith, the incoming Chair has been my rock this past year and I know without hesitation that she’s going to do a fantastic job as the new Chair. Thank you Kathi for being such a great co-pilot! Last but not least – thank you to the UWCSEC staff for your commitment and continued support of our organization.
2014 Board Chair
United Way of Carlsbad & South Eddy County