Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

July 23, 2013

United Fund announces 2013 campaign chairs


Greensburg Daily News

---- — The Decatur County United Fund is excited to announce that Lora and Tim Williams will be leading the fundraising effort during the upcoming “Rooted in Decatur County…Let’s Tend to Our Roots” campaign.

Both are passionate about the United Fund, its agencies and the work being done for the community.

Tim and Lora Williams, and their children Jessica (9) and Tyler (5), live on the family farm in Decatur County, just a short distance from where Lora was born and raised. Lora is an attorney and the owner of Williams Law Office, PC, where she practices in estate planning, business planning, real estate and corporate transactions. Tim is an aircraft mechanic for FedEx, and he works at the Indianapolis airport.

Lora is very active in the community and has served on a number of boards, including the Decatur County Family YMCA, Greensburg Rotary, Carousel Play & Learn Center, and Good Shepherd Christian Academy. She has recently served as the consumer member and past-president of the Indiana Board of Pharmacy, as well as the Indiana YMCA State Alliance public policy committee, heading up the YMCA State Advocacy Day with the Indiana legislature for the past two years.

Lora has taught business law at Butler University and Indiana Wesleyan University, and she is a frequent lecturer for the National Business Institute. She earned her BA from Purdue University and her JD/MPA from Syracuse University, and she is a member of the US Supreme Court Bar, the Indiana Bar Association, and the Decatur County Bar Association.

Tim grew up in southeast Alabama, and came to Indiana with FedEx. He enjoys helping with the youth sports teams, especially when Jessica and Tyler are playing on them. He also enjoys computers, technology and photography. Tim is a member of the Greensburg Masonic Lodge F.&A.M.

Tim and Lora have been married for 15 years, and the family is very active members of the First Baptist Church in Greensburg.

“We need your help”, stated Lora. “Our individual actions may be small but together, we have the power to make a big difference. The United Fund provides the leadership to make lasting change in our community. And now is the time. By giving to the United Fund, we can make our community stronger.”

Tim shared, “The agencies count on donations each and every year to continue their missions to serve the individuals and families right here in OUR COMMUNITY.

United Fund is a fundraising organization formed to conduct one fund drive per year to support several worthy partners. Funds that are collected provide programs and services to Decatur County residents. If you give to one organization, give to the United Fund; they are good stewards of these dollars.”

“It is a privilege and an honor to have Lora and Tim lead the 2013 Decatur County United Fund Campaign,” said Joane Cunningham, United Fund Executive Director. “Their personal passion to tend to our roots in the community makes them a perfect fit for the role of campaign leaders.”

“The goal of this year’s campaign is $390,000 up $60,000 from last year. Last year, the United Fund exceeded its goal, raising $432,746. “We’ve increased our goal to be aggressive, but yet sensitive to the economic times,” Lora Williams noted.

The Community Campaign will begin later this summer.

Joane Cunningham, Executive Director, noted, “The United Fund met goal in 2012 raising a record $432,746. Through the annual community investment/allocation process, United Fund invests in programs and services that impact the health and well-being of our community. The overwhelming donor support allowed for an additional $43,000 to be distributed in special grants to agencies for programs, operating expenses, and other needs in 2013.

With the help of an INvest 1213 Matching Grant available last year through the IaUW (Indiana Association of United Ways), donors who increased their pledges allowed the Decatur County United Fund to support three valued initiatives in 2013: the summer feeding program, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) project and a pilot preschool program for low income families.

The annual Community Campaign in 2013 will help fund the work of the Decatur County United Fund’s 22 partner agencies with 26 programs in 2014. Those programs help meet the needs of young, old and everyone in between through groups like Advocates for Children, Meals on Wheels, Community Healthcare Clinic, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, American Red Cross, Hospice and many more.

Individuals can give to the United Fund at any time by mailing a check to the Decatur County United Fund at 108 S. Broadway, Suite 1, Greensburg, IN 47240. You can also utilize the donate button on the home page of our website at www.dcuf.com. Memorials in memory of or in honor of are accepted year-round.

Cunningham noted, “This year’s campaign drive will continue through early November. Mark your calendars for the following special events: Day of Caring on September 18 and the Greensburg Pizza King Day planned for September 21. The campaign will close out with its annual auction, which will feature a “Boogie Nights” theme on Friday, November 1.”

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