The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • United Way announces new director

  • United Way of Leavenworth County has hired Tim Anderson as its new executive director. He will assume his new duties June 2.
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  • United Way of Leavenworth County has hired Tim Anderson as its new executive director. He will assume his new duties June 2.
    "I'm very excited about it," he said.
    Anderson, 44, of Lansing, currently serves as coordinator of the Kansas Telecommunications Access Program.
    He said the program provides telephone equipment to people with disabilities.
    Anderson, a trained sign language interpreter, has more than 20 years of experience working with people with disabilities.
    He will replace Nancy Bauder, who announced in March she was retiring as United Way's executive director.
    Bauder's announcement came during United Way's annual meeting. At that time, agency officials said donations to the organization were down.
    People attending the annual meeting were asked about options for United Way's future.
    Responses indicated people see United Way as a valuable and viable contribution to the quality of life in the community, said Rita Swann, United Way Board chairwoman.
    She said respondents also felt the community will support United Way.
    "But, they weren't sure at what level," she said.
    Swann said people also felt strongly that United Way should have a full-time executive director. Anderson will work full time.
    "We are just being as bare boned as we possibly can," she said.
    Swann believes Anderson will help United Way raise money and move the organization in a more positive direction.
    Swann said there were several reasons why United Way of Leavenworth County failed to reach its goal in the 2013-14 fundraising campaign.
    "It was one of those perfect storms," she said.
    Swann said she knows people sometimes can't donate money, but they still can help United Way.
    She said the organization needs volunteers. People also can make in-kind donations.
    Swann said United Way is more than a fundraiser for other non-profit agencies. She said United Way monitors agencies it serves to make sure they're properly using money they receive.
    She said most agencies served by United Way have been with the organization for decades.
    "We add new agencies from time to time," she said.
    Anderson said the new job will give him the opportunity to work in Leavenworth County.
    Even though he lives in Lansing, he has previously worked outside of the county.
    Anderson said he's looking forward to working with agencies United Way supports.
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