Ce­cil United Way ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor re­signs af­ter 18 years

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— Af­ter 18 years of lead­ing United Way of Ce­cil County, Robin Spur­dle has stepped down from her po­si­tion as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

Her de­par­ture comes dur­ing a time of tran­si­tion for the non­profit as UWCC Board of Di­rec­tors Pres­i­dent Joe Buck­ley and Vice Pres­i­dent Gabrielle Coutz have also va­cated their po­si­tions in the past few months, ac­cord­ing to a Whig re­view of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s web­site records.

UWCC dis­trib­utes funds raised through its an­nual cam­paigns to char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions that ad­vance the county’s health and hu­man ser­vices agenda by ex­pand­ing and ap­ply­ing re­sources to build a more self-suf­fi­cient com­mu­nity.

United Way specif­i­cally seeks to make an im­pact with chil­dren and fam­i­lies through af­ter-school pro­grams, sup­port and ed­u­ca­tion for par­ents, and in­creas­ing men­tal health ser­vices. Fur­ther­more it seeks to pro­mote health and well­ness by in­creas­ing health ed­u­ca­tion and pre­ven­tive care, and sup­port­ing nu­tri­tional and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity pro­grams. Fi­nally it aims to sup­port in­de­pen­dent liv­ing by aid­ing trans­porta­tion as­sis­tance pro­grams, hous­ing as­sis­tance for adults in tran­si­tion, and life skills train­ing.

On Wed­nes­day, Spur­dle told the Whig that she was “grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to serve the cit­i­zens of Ce­cil County in my role as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the past 18 years.”

“I have learned from great lead­ers in the county, and have made many friends along the way,” she added. “It was a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to end my ten­ure at United Way, but I felt that it was time to try some­thing new.”

Af­ter leav­ing, Spur­dle has joined Free­dom Fi­nan­cial So­lu­tions, an in­de­pen­dent

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Robin Spur­dle, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the United Way of Ce­cil County, and UWCC Board Pres­i­dent Joe Buck­ley, cen­ter, have both stepped down from their po­si­tions at the non­profit this year.

in­sur­ance distrib­u­tor based in Char­lotte, N.C., that con­cen­trates on liv­ing ben­e­fits in­sur­ance prod­ucts. She em­pha­sized that she would con­tinue to sup­port the non­prof­its that she has worked with over the years and find new ways to give back to the com­mu­nity.

“The United Way of Ce­cil County Board of Di­rec­tors would like to thank Robin for her lead­er­ship and ded­i­ca­tion to the Ce­cil County com­mu­nity,” wrote Bar­bara Smith, board trea­surer and UWCC me­dia li­ai­son, in a press re­lease an­nounc­ing Spur­dle’s de­par­ture. “Dur­ing her ten­ure as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, nearly $5 mil­lion was raised and more than 40 non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions re­ceived grants and al­lo­ca­tions, di­rectly im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for thou­sands of cit­i­zens in Ce­cil County.”

Look­ing ahead, the UWCC board will hire an in­terim ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor to man­age the of­fice in early 2019, Smith told the Whig. That in­terim di­rec­tor will likely come from a pool of for­mer United Way lead­ers from around the re­gion, she added.

With the first change in lead­er­ship in nearly two decades, the UWCC board is look­ing to as­sess its lo­cal pres­ence, how it mar­kets it­self Af­ter 18 years at the helm, United Way of Ce­cil County Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Robin Spur­dle has stepped down from her po­si­tion.

and how it can be most ef­fec­tive for the com­mu­nity, Smith said. As a part of that as­sess­ment, the board will be host­ing com­mu­nity fo­cus groups and solic­it­ing feed­back from stake­hold­ers, part­ner agen­cies, and com­mu­nity mem­bers. Af­ter­ward, the non­profit’s lead­ers want to create a com­mu­nity im­pact-fo­cused strate­gic plan to guide fu­ture ef­forts.

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