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United Way of Douglas County announces 2011 campaign co-chairs

April 6, 2011

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This year's United Way of Douglas County co-chairs are Val and Beth Stella, who have lived in Lawrence for 25 years. Val is a world-renowned expert in pharmaceutical chemistry at Kansas University. Stella has a doctorate in developmental and child psychology and has worked at KU and other agencies.

This year's United Way of Douglas County co-chairs are Val and Beth Stella, who have lived in Lawrence for 25 years. Val is a world-renowned expert in pharmaceutical chemistry at Kansas University. Stella has a doctorate in developmental and child psychology and has worked at KU and other agencies.

United Way of Douglas County has announced that Val and Beth Stella will serve as co-chairs for the agency’s 2011 campaign.

The couple has lived in Lawrence for more than 25 years. He is a distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at Kansas University; she has a doctorate in developmental and child psychology, and has worked as a teacher and a researcher.

Both have extensive backgrounds in community service as well.

In the coming months, the co-chairs will seek to highlight the role of the United Way in the community and generate support for the annual fundraising effort.

They will be hard at work in the months ahead building up to the campaign kick-off in August and the community campaign in September.

This year, the United Way will be mobilizing community resources and building partnerships to focus on goals in three areas — education, self-sufficiency and health.

“It’s not just about putting your thumb in the dike, it’s about repairing the dike,” Beth Stella said.

Last year, the campaign raised more than $1.6 million, though the effort is not just about fundraising, the Stellas said. Volunteering matters, too.

At KU, students contribute thousands of hours of volunteer work each year, Val Stella said, in addition to the contributions of the faculty, staff and the rest of the university community.

“Sometimes the community doesn’t realize the impact the university can have on our community,” he said.

Colleen Gregoire, vice president and campaign director at United Way of Douglas County, said she looked forward to seeing the co-chairs’ fresh approach to the campaign.

“It’s going to be a wonderful year to work with the Stellas,” she said.

The co-chairs will seek to highlight the role the United Way plays in Lawrence to aid young people, teenagers, the elderly, the sick and more, Beth Stella said.

“Without (the United Way) in our community, it would be a very different place and a much less happy place to live,” she said.

Comments

Newell_Post 3 years, 8 months ago

Cut out the middle man. Donate directly to the charities of your choice. Any organization that uses bosses in the workplace to coerce "donations" from employees should be illegal.

oliveoyl 3 years, 8 months ago

Here we go again...bashing United Way. Like I've said several times in the past...United Way does a lot for the agencies in this community. They have the man power, time and MONEY to put on a HUGE campaign...most agencies can't afford to do that. Even with their own development, a lot of agencies would go under without help from the United Way. Sure you can always give to your organization of choice directly but if you aren't sure then the United Way is a great way to go b/c they will fan those dollars out. Yes, yes, they will use some of that money for their own operating costs but the pros out weigh the cons. United Way is also a brand that most people are familiar with.

oliveoyl 3 years, 8 months ago

But it hasn't outlived it's usefulness. Look up the local agencies that benefit from the UW funds.

http://www.unitedwaydgco.org/partners.html

hoshi 3 years, 8 months ago

I do both. UW does more than just raise money. It helps provide agency oversight, a good house seal of approval to it agencies, if you like. It helps coordinate agencies so that holistic approaches to one's well being can be taken care of after moments of crisis. It has the goal to help people work their way out of the crisis and be able to address the root causes of their difficulty so that they are less likely to be in need in the future. If successful, we all benefit. If you want to help an agency directly, please do so. I hope those of you critical of UW walk the walk in helping those in need the best way you can by either donating or through in kind volunteering. My two cents.

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