UWNSV search for a replacement President and CEO

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The recent resignation of United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV) President and CEO Kaycee Childress has prompted a search for a replacement.

In the meantime, The UWNSV has appointed Dr. Cheryl Thompson Stacy as interim President and CEO.

Thompson-Stacy is president emeritus of what was then Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) now Laurel Ridge Community College.

Under Thompson-Stacy’s leadership LFCC was recognized as a great college to work for from  2012 through 2017.

Before coming to LFCC Thompson-Stacy was the third president and first woman president of Eastern Shore Community College in Melfa Virginia.

Thompson-Stacy has served the community through many leadership roles that include but not limited to Chairperson of the UWNSV board of directors in 2015.

A link to the official announcement and additional details is available here.

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United Way NSV celebrates 78 years of Living United

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The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley celebrated 78 years of Living United at the annual meeting on February 29th at Laurel Ridge Community College.

Roughly 125 community members and business leaders who have contributed to the recent fundraising campaign gathered to celebrate the theme of, “Be the Change: Empowering with Passion to Make the Impossible Happen.”

The campaign has raised nearly $750,000 and will continue to accept donations through the end of June.

The event also announced the United Way of the NSV’s Todd Thompson Volunteer of the Year Award winner, Dr. Damon DeArment.

He was recognized for his contributions including two terms on the Board of the United Way, two year as chairman, and his assistance in guiding the organization through the pandemic and helping the search for a new President and CEO.

The Youth Volunteer Award was also given to Paige Hiserman of Strasburg High School for her passion for community service and involvement with numerous local organizations.

To hear the United Way’s recent Valley Today episode with Janet Michael, click here.

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UWNSV acknowledges Volunteer of the Year

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The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley held a celebration to conclude its 2022 campaign which featured the announcement of the Volunteer of the Year Award to Susan Brooks.

The award has been given for over 25 years to recognize distinguished volunteer’s service to the community.

Brooks is passionate about volunteerism and the impact each individual can have on their community.

She has served on numerous community boards and advisory committees for organizations like the Frederick County Economic Development Authority Board, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, and Frederick County Public Schools among others. 

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United Way kicks off air mattress drive

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The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley’s Women United is kicking off their 2nd Annual Air Mattress Drive.

Last year was a huge success thanks to the generosity of the community, 725 items including 200 air mattresses were donated for those in need.

Since the start of the school year, officials estimate that over 500 students in the Shenandoah Valley have been declared homeless and this number has increased in most jurisdictions since last year.

United Way NSV is collecting twin and queen sized new air mattresses, sheet sets, comforters and pillows for families facing insecurities through March 6, 2023.

Donations can be made on Amazon with a link available here or in person at the United Way NSV office at 329 N Cameron Street, The Winchester Group on 24 W Picadilly Street, the Warren County Chamber of Commerce, and any First Bank location.

Donations will be distributed through the Valley Assistance Network to Bright Futures Frederick/Winchester, Family Promise of Shenandoah County, Page One of Page County, and the Warren County Department of Social Services.

For more details on the bedding drive, click here.

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News Maker Jennifer Hall on a collection for teachers

The United Way of  the Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV) will be conducting a collection effort to supply teachers with necessary items.

We spoke with the UWNSV’s Senior Director of Community Investment Jennifer Hall about this weekend’s effort in our latest news maker.

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Jennifer tells us about the collection effort at the Walmart in Woodstock.

She also tells us about some very alarming statistics when it comes to teaching in the Shenandoah Valley.

Jennifer also tells us how you can help by making a donation of simple items.

There is also a need for volunteers to help with the drive itself.

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News Maker Elise Stine-Dolinar on Project Connect

The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV) will present Project Connect tomorrow June 3 at the Woodstock Moose Lodge 8 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Project Connect will have 50 different groups and organizations all under one roof.

Next Fri. June 10 another opportunity will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Winchester’s  Charlotte DeHart Elementary School.

We spoke with the UWNSV Senior Director of Advancement Elise Stine-Dolinar about the event in our latest news maker.

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Elise tells us about all the different services and organizations that will be available at the events.

She also tells us of the scope of opportunities available.

Elise also tells us that volunteers are needed for a number of things.

For information and to volunteer or preregister for quicker access click here.

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UWNSV is recognized by the VA. House of Delegates

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A press release from the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV) announced Virginia House of Delegates recognition.

Elise Stine-Dolinar the Senior Director of Advancement at UWNSV states that the Virginia House of Delegates honored the organization for their COVID-19 assistance efforts.

The UWNSV was commended for aiding citizens of Winchester, Frederick County avoid eviction or utility disconnection during the pandemic.

The organization was also commended for its myriad of services for those seeking addiction counseling, mental health treatment, financial assistance.

The UWNSV was recognized for their efforts during the unprecedented conditions of the pandemic.

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UWNSV announces new President and CEO

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The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley announced that Brandy William will serve as the next President and CEO.

She will take over the position on March 15th.

William previously worked for the American College of Radiology as a Fundraising and Development Specialist.

She also served as the Director of Development for the Lorton Community Action Center.

William is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington.

She is currently working towards her MBA through University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The search committee selected William due to her experience in multiple sectors, outstanding communication skills, fundraising experience and passion for non-profit service among other factors.

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News Maker Elise Stine-Doliner on the UWNSV grant applications

The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV) is accepting applications for impact grants.

We spoke to the UWNSV’s Senior Director of Advancement Elise Stine-Doliner about it in our latest news maker.

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Elise explains the process for deciding who receives the grants and the qualifications.

She also explains the deadlines involved in applying.

Elise also has information on how to become a volunteer to process and help decide who gets a grant.

For more on the grants and applications click here.

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News Maker Elise Stine-Dolinar of United Way on the Alice program

The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV) will host a number of activities for the Alice emergency Fund.

Alice stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and is designed to help those needing minor financial assistance.

We spoke to UWNSV’s Senior Director of Advancement Elise Stine-Dolinar about the program in our latest news maker.

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Elise explains the program and how to get involved.

She goes on to explain that Nov. 15 through 19 there is a series of events that will bring awareness to the program and help raise funds for Alice.

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