United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.
We do this by LIVING UNITED. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And inspiring individuals to join the fight.
The mission of United Way of Kent County is to identify the human service needs of the community; promote member agency programs in an effort to increase public understanding and financial and volunteer support; solicit funds for these agencies by conducting an annual fund-raising campaign; and allocate these funds, giving emphasis to those agencies with programs that address community needs prioritized by the Board of Directors.
United Way of Kent County works to improve the Health, Education and Financial Stability of Individuals and Families in Kent County.
United Way of Kent County believes that no one organization can change the conditions in our community. Rather we hold that building community partnerships and bringing together diverse stakeholders better equips us to address the root problems facing Kent County. As a result, United Way continues to focus on community partnerships as the most effective approach to problem solving.
Agencies applying for Membership status with the United Way of Kent County must:
The Board of Directors of United Way of Kent County takes very seriously its role as good stewards of community donations. Allocating funds to local agencies is the most important job of the Board. Each Agency must complete an Allocation Application yearly, which includes the mission of the agency and the parameters of the programs within United Way’s Mission that UWKC is being asked to fund, financial statements, audits and 990, brochures and other relative materials, numbers of Kent County residents that will be served, and perceived impact on the community. The Allocation Committee reads each application, and a separate subcommittee reviews financials. Each agency participates in a 30 minute Allocation Interview with the Committee, at which time it can present and further explain its application. After all applications have been reviewed and applicants interviewed, the Committee meets to designate funds to each agency that meets the criteria, and decides how much that funding will be. All in all, the process takes about five months.
Marty began his term as President in March of 2020. He has been in business in Kent County as a financial advisor since 2005. Marty brings an expertise in helping donors with choosing contribution options that best fit their needs. Marty joined the Board in 2017. He lives with his family in Centreville.
Sarah is the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Washington College and has been at the College since 1992 when she started in the Athletic Department coaching Field Hockey. She joined the United Way Board in 2015. She has been active in our fundraising efforts at the corporate level, and is the liaison with Washington College. Sarah resides in Chestertown with her wife, Penny Weintraub.
Elizabeth Gross, a Chestertown resident since 1999, brings a wealth of life experience. Her career as an oceanographer, was spent as Executive Director of the non-profit SCOR (Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research). Since then, she has held many volunteer positions in the community including Treasurer for the National Music Festival, Good Neighbor Fund of the CVMA, and the Garfield Center. Liz was also involved in Foodlink, a food rescue program across the State of Maryland. She was elected to and served on the Chestertown Town Council from 2014-2018. Liz has been Treasurer for UWKC since 2019.
Marilyn has been with United Way since 2014. She took on the role of Secretary soon afterwards. Marilyn received her MFA, then taught at several institutions of higher learning, and currently makes her living as an Architectural Designer. She been active at her alma mater, Bucknell, serving on the board in the past. Locally she has been on the board at CRYCC. She and her husband, Bob live in Rock Hall, where their children and grandchildren visit frequently.
Jean joined the Board in the fall of 2017. She has dived right in and become one of our most active new members, taking on the Chair of the Allocations Committee. Jean has years of non-profit experience that she has been generous about sharing with the Board. She has been instrumental in reviving the 211 system in Kent County. Jean has lived in Kent County for almost 25 years, but was drawn to Rock Hall for the sailing. She loves reading and literary discussions and gardening.
Muriel, who joined or Board in 2020, has vast experience with the senior population, working with the Maryland state Commission on Aging. Now a retiree herself, she has shared her knowledge in Kent County with the Kent County Commission on Aging, Homeports, and with her column in the Kent County news, "Seniors Matter." She has already been instrumental in getting the message of United Way's mission out to the public. Muriel lives in Chestertown.
Patti comes to us from Austin, Texas. When her husband Ralph became the CEO of a local bank, he brought Patti with him. She is Co-Chair of the Campaign committee, overseeing both the Annual Campaign and the Workplace Campaigns. Patti feels that the United Way’s wide reach and breadth of insight into the various needs of Kent County residents will help her make a meaningful contribution to the organization and the community. She and Ralph reside in Cliff City with their black lab, Jane Wayne.
Nina is another Washington College employee, working with alumni. She has extensive experience in fundraising and in social media, so she is a natural fit as the Chair of the Communications Committee. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, she was graduated from WC in 2006, has worked with the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps, and returned to Chestertown in 2012. She lives with her husband in Fairlee.
Creg has worked in the family business, FAM&M Insurance since 2003, becoming President in 2016. He was graduated from Kent County High and Washington College, where he was a two time Lacrosse All American. Creg joined the United Way Board in 2018. He lives with his wife, Jamie, and their children near Chestertown.
Bill joined the board in 2018, and works at Dixon Valve & Coupling as Global Marketing Director. His professional background includes twenty-five years combined with two Fortune 100 companies. Bill’s closest experience with a nonprofit organization has been several years as a volunteer at the YMCA, and he is the face of United Way in addressing transportation issues in the County. He and his wife, Susan, have been living in Chestertown since 2011, and have three children who reside in the Los Angeles, California and London, England areas.
Deidre stated her first Board term in April of 2018. She brings her many organizational skills from the corporate world of LaMotte Company. Dierdre is always willing to jump right in and lend a hand at any task she is asked, pitching in with the annual Campaign Kick-off in September and agreeing to be the Campaign Committee Chair. She has served the community on many levels over the years. She has lived in the County since 1986, and has raised three children here with her husband, David.
Alison joined the Board in 2015. She served as Treasurer from 2017 until 2020. She still enthusiastically oversees the financial health of United Way as Chair of the Finance Committee and does financial reviews of agency funding applications for the Allocations Committee. Alison came to Kent County with her husband, Herman from Philadelphia via Texas, where she spent her career at IBM. Retired now, she and Herman split time between Heron Point in Chestertown and Rehobeth Beach, Delaware.
Sabina moved to Kent County in 2014. She currently tutors and substitute teaches in Kent County’s public and private schools. Sabina earned her MBA from Yale University. Her professional life in the financial world has prepared her to work with United Way finances. She joined the United Way Board in 2019. She is currently employed by LaMotte Company in International Sales. Sabina is an accomplished runner and can often be seen in the company of her Italian Greyhound, Piccola.
Rebecca Murphy is the Principal of RCM Strategic Consulting in Chestertown. Her company does, among other things, strategic planning. She joined the Board in 2020 and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee and co-chairs the Allocations Committee. Her passion is positive social change, particularly particularly addressing economic and racial inequality, discrimination against women, people of color, and the LGBTQI community. When she is not working, Rebecca can be found puttering around cities admiring historic architecture and finding interesting wines to drink, texting one of her two wonderful children, enjoying an Orioles game, sailing on the Chester River, or on a beach somewhere with her Kindle.
DeLia is originally from Lakeland, FL by way of Washington DC. She has worked in secondary education for 7 years and has her Master’s degree in Leadership in Teaching- Special Education from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Her expertise is in special education- working with students on the Autism spectrum, behavior and learning disabilities. DeLia joined the UWKC Board in 2020, and in the Fall of that year she joined the faculty at Kent County Middle School She currently resides in Chestertown with her husband, Sam, and daughter, Audre.
Ed has been employed by the Kent County Board of Education for 30 years . He has served on the United Way board since early 2017. He is Co-Chair of the Communications Committee and is highly dedicated to the mission of United Way, He has been instrumental in engaging teachers, staff and school administrators with United Way of Kent County, to the benefit of County school children.
Beth is the only paid employee of United Way of Kent County. Her background is in architecture, but her favorite part of the job was interacting with people, so this is an ideal fit for her. She began her second career with United Way in 2013 and has found the non-profit world to be very gratifying. She lives in Queen Anne’s County with her husband of 32 years, and her dog, Lucy.
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Click to view a copy of our year end 2016 Form 990.
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