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Unite with the community...support those who make a difference in the lives of our citizens by donating to your local United Way of Kent County.

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The Kent County Commissioners, at their regular meeting on September 1st, 2015, proclaimed September as United Way Month in Kent County.

Pictured (l-r)  Commissioner William Pickrum, Commissioner Ron Fithian, Marilyn Parks, UWKC Past President Carol Droge, Executive Director Beth Everett, Ed Silver, Commissioner Billy Short, and Honorary Campaign Chair Bob Grace.





2017-18 Board of Directors


 2017 Honored Volunteers

April 6, 2017 was the Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Breakfast of the United Way of Kent County held at Heron Point in Chestertown.  A delicious buffet breakfast was served in Heron Point’s newly refurbished dining facility with nearly ninety people in attendance.  As attendees enjoyed their coffee, a short business meeting was held before Volunteers of United Way Member Agencies from all over Kent County were honored.

President Carol Droge welcomed guests, and spoke about successes of United Way in the past year.  She mentioned the update of the areas of impact:  Education, Health, and Financial Stability.  Ms. Droge stated that this year’s campaign, United Way of Kent’s 60th, was at 83% of its goal of $210,000.  She mentioned the upcoming Guest Chef Fundraiser Dinner to be held at the Lemon Leaf Café on April 11.

Treasurer Alison Libshitz introduced the first Annual Report of United Way of Kent County.  Everyone present received a copy. 

Directors and Officers were elected.  For the coming year, officers will be:  Glenn Wilson, President; Chip Williams, Vice President; Marilyn Parks, Secretary, and Alison Libshitz, Treasurer.  Directors elected for a three year term are Patti Dowling, Carol Droge, Mary Fisher, Lauren Gibson, Bill MacIntosh, and Ed Silver.

The Business Partner of the year, The Peoples Bank, was introduced and presented with a plaque noting their service to the community in the past year.  Mr. Ralph Dowling, President and CEO, accepted the plaque and said that community service is an important function of a community bank like Peoples Bank.

Next, volunteers from 24 Kent County Member Agencies were introduced and given a stadium blanket with the United Way 60th Anniversary logo on it and a certificate from Governor Larry Hogan thanking them for their service.

Volunteers recognized were: American Red Cross, Lisa Sewell; Big Brothers Big Sisters, Nancy Gray; Boy Scouts, Ken Young; Camp Fairlee/Easterseals, Bill Short; Character Counts, Rebecca Pitre; Community Food Pantry, Judy Kneller; Community Mediation Upper Shore, Andy Andrews; Echo Hill Outdoor School, Sally Harding; For All Seasons, Ginny Barker; Fiddlesticks! Youth Orchestra, Jane Jewell; Girl Scouts, Tamara Kim; Good Neighbor Fund, Bobbie Chase; Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s, Jennifer Tosten; Kent Association of Riding Therapy, Kirsten Forney; Kent County Community Assistance Fund, Charlotte Potts; Kent County Medical Adult Day Care Foundation, Pets on Wheels; Kent Forward, Gina Jachimowicz; Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, Meredith Rellick; Playmakers Camp at the Garfield Center, Jennifer Kafka Smith; Rebuilding Together, John Leek; Rock hall Yacht Club Sailing School Scholarship Program, Denise Tontarski; St. Martin’s Ministries, Charlotte Hawes; Samaritan Group, Inc., Bonnie and David Keating; and United Needs and Abilities, Chuck Shorley.

Townsend Memorial Medical Clinic did not name a Volunteer this year. 

Incoming President Glenn Wilson congratulated all the honorees.  He spoke about the goals of United Way for the coming year, chiefly, to do a comprehensive Community Needs Assessment for Kent County.  Mr. Wilson also recognized Josh Petersen, President and CEO of 211 Maryland, Inc. and noted United Way’s intention to work with 211 to expand Member Agencies’ availability to the community.  He recognized outgoing President Droge’s contributions to United Way and Kent County and presented her with a Distinguished Service Award.





Pictured (l-r) Back Row:  Executive Director Elizabeth Everett, Dick Barker, Sarah Feyerherm, Barbara Foster, Vice President Jay Alexander, Chip Williams, Bob Greenwald, Bill MacIntosh, Mickey Elsberg.  Front Row:  Treasurer Alison Libshitz, Katie Warrington, President Elect Glenn Wilson, President Carol Droge, Mary Fisher, Secretary Marilyn Parks.  Missing: Nicole Parr.


The 2016 Annual Meeting Breakfast was held on April 5 at the Chester River Yacht and Country Club.  Our twenty-four Member Agencies presented their Volunteers of the Year, and the United Way recognized their service with a gift.  The Volunteers were also recognized by the offices of our Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski.  Further, United Way recognized its Business Partner of the Year, WCTR Radio for it's willingness to promote the mission of United Way of Kent County and its Member Agencies with airtime for interviews and public service announcements.  New officers were elected and everyone was able to network over breakfast and coffee.  Almost ninety people from all over Kent County attended.


Why Give to United Way?

Your money supports some of the most significant agencies in the County which offer a variety of programs and services to serve those in need. Your dollars are well spent. United Way makes certain that Member Agencies are fiscally responsible and meeting genuine needs.

United Way works hard to achieve its mission while keeping its own costs to a minimum. The organization is well managed by a diverse, hard working Board of Directors. Designated contributions are sent directly to the Member Agency without United Way retaining fees.

Your money makes a difference. United Way provides the most difficult funds for an organization to raise – administrative costs, scholarships, new program costs. Just ask our Member Agencies, they will tell you that United Way dollars make a difference.

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Meet new Executive Director for United Way Beth Everett here


Meet our new Directors here


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Charity Charge Master Card to donate 1% of purchases to Local United Ways Like us!


United Way Worldwide has partnered with the Charity Charge World MasterCard, a credit card that donates 1% of every purchase to a selected nonprofit.  Donors can now support United Way of Kent County at no cost with every purchase they make.

With Charity Charge, cardholders receive cash back that is donated to the nonprofit of their choice, the same way they would earn rewards or airline points from other credit cards. Customers support any nonprofit, charity, or K-12 school of their choice. As a preferred partner, United Ways do not have to sign up in order to receive donations. Charity Charge also underwrites all cardholder donation-processing fees, ensuring that the full 1% is transferred to United Way of Kent County.


 Click here for details  Just enter Chestertown's zip code 21620, choose United Way of Kent County, and fill out the application.  There's no fee, either!


Trailer for "The Hero Effect"


"The Hero Effect" is an uplifting docu-series that brings to life the stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities.


 Only on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)  Check local listings for dates and times.



Welcome New Directors for 2017-18


United Way of Kent County welcomes two new Directors, Ed Silver of Kent County Board of Education and Thad Bench II of Benchworks.  We look forward to a long and rewarding tenure from these two capable guys!




 WCTR 1530 AM

Please join us at 12:15 every Monday this fall on WCTR as we introduce our Agencies and Directors!


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Listen to previous interviews here


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