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United Way Board bids farewell to five members

The Washtenaw Area Value Express s one of the United Way's member agencies.
The Washtenaw Area Value Express is one of the United Way’s member agencies.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Eric Keaton for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea United Way is looking for people who would like to serve on its board of directors.

“I would like to say thanks to all of the departing Chelsea United Way Board Members,” says Eric Keaton, president of the board.

The organization is losing five directors, some because their terms are ending and others because they’ve left the community, Keaton says.

Leaving are Cathy Blair, Kathy Brigham, Anna Cangialosi, Alison Pollard and Mike Weisentstein.

Brigham says, “Serving on the United Way Board has been rewarding for me because I felt that I was giving something back to a community that has been very good to me and my family the last 30 years.”

She adds, “I also learned a lot when our member agencies would come and give their presentations to us.”

She says she learned about the valuable services the member agencies provide to the Chelsea community.

“I felt it was important to help keep these groups funded and viable to support our community by raising money to further their services. I also enjoyed getting out and meeting the people of our community, my friends and neighbors, when we would do our kick off for our fall campaign at the Chelsea Football games,” she says.

Brigham says the Chelsea Community Fair Parade is another fun program in which that the Chelsea United Way participates.

“In closing, I want to say that it has been great to serve with all of the like-minded supporters of Chelsea by being on the Chelsea United Way Board. These are people who have an interest in the Chelsea Community at large and are willing to give of their time and energy to support this town.”

Pollard also had positive things to say about her time on the board.

“What I really appreciated about the Chelsea United Way Board was the ability to see the direct impact that funds raised in Chelsea have on the Chelsea community, including meeting the representatives of the organizations CUW supports and hearing from them how the funds support their missions. “

She says, “Although, it is difficult at times to run a volunteer-only organization, it was great to know that so little of the funds raised actually are used to support the CUW administration.”

Weisenstein says, “”I enjoyed my stay on the board because I got to meet good people who care about the community. Small things make a difference and it was very rewarding to see what the community of Chelsea contributes to the organizations that make a difference in helping regular people in our community.”

If you would like to volunteer to serve on the board, please contact Keaton via email at [email protected].

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