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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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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – It’s official—United Way of St. Joseph County turned 100 years old on October 14, 2014. As the oldest United Way in the state of Indiana, the organization plans to use the next year to commemorate its rich heritage and remind the community how its mission of reducing poverty is more important than ever before. “We’ve identified poverty as the issue of focus in St. Joseph County, however our mission will still be achieved by addressing and improving the building blocks for a good life: education, income and health,” said Matt Harrington who recently joined the organization as President & CEO. “We can reduce poverty by 25,000 individuals by 2025, but need to get everyone invested—this includes businesses, individuals, governmental and educational entities and non-profits alike.”

In addition to celebrating past successes and mobilizing the community to “Live United,” United Way hopes to better communicate the role it plays in St. Joseph County. “Many people are aware that United Way exists, but few actually understand how it makes an impact,” stated Rachel Bradley, United Way Director of Mission Advancement. “We plan to be much more consistent about reporting positive outcomes and encouraging individuals and companies to find their true philanthropic passions so they can get excited about making a difference in this community.”

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – As the United Way of St. Joseph County embarks on a ten-year journey to reduce poverty by 25,000 individuals by 2025, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program or VITA, as it is often called, will play an integral role in reaching this goal. From 2013-2014 the VITA program provided services to more than 3200 households, was responsible for bringing over $4 million of processed refunds back to St. Joseph County and helped low-income taxpayers save over $1 million in tax preparation fees.

Recently, 1st Source Foundation, the philanthropic arm of 1st Source Bank, provided a grant of nearly $25,000 in support of United Way’s VITA program. The funds will primarily be used to increase marketing and advertising efforts in an attempt to reach, and ultimately serve, as many low-income, disabled and senior taxpayers as possible.

As a key partner in the betterment of St. Joseph County, 1st Source Bank continues to be a model of what it means to “LIVE UNITED.” As United Way prepares for next year’s tax season, the organization plans to make the absolute most of the grant money and bring even more tax refund money to qualified taxpayers in St. Joseph County. At the close of the 2015 tax season Dawn Chapla, Director of Labor and Financial Stability and Rachel Bradley, Director of Mission Advancement plan to work closely with 1st Source Bank’s senior marketing staff to report record-breaking outcomes in our community.

 


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One of the highlights at the completion of the South Bend Community School Corporation's United Way campaign is the drawing for gifts.  Each of the hundreds of employees names who contribute to the campaign, no matter the dollar amount, is put into a hat for an anonymous drawing.  There are a large number of donated gifts awarded ranging from restaurant gift cards, to annual passes to all SBCSC sporting and fine arts events.  For the grand prize, SBCSC superintendent and United Way board member Dr. Carole Schmidt offers to do the winners' job for half a day.  The winner for the 2013 campaign was Julie Craig, a second grade teacher at Swanson Primary Center.

On April 23rd, Dr. Schmidt arrived at Swanson Primary Center bright and early to meet her students.  She followed Ms. Craig's lesson plans and took attendance, got the lunch count to the cafeteria, instructed students about adjectives, led a discussion after students read a story about heroes, discussed symmetry and had students draw a mirror image of a butterfly, and finally read the book, Pete the Cat:  Rocking in My School Shoes.  It was a busy morning with the students, but very rewarding for both Dr. Schmidt and the teacher, Julie Craig, who enjoyed a much-deserved morning off.

This is the second year Dr. Schmidt has rewarded a United Way donor teacher with a half day of doing their job.  Who knows whose job she'll do next year - a principal, school secretary, custodian, or cafeteria worker?  With the large number employees from SBCSC who participate in the United Way campaign each year, we'll see who is the lucky winner after their fall campaign!

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