United Way president stepping down


By Tara Jones - tjones@limanews.com



LIMA — The United Way of Greater Lima announced Wednesday the resignation of President Carol Braden-Clarke.

Braden-Clarke began serving as president in August 2015. She will be leaving the position at the end of the year because her husband accepted a position outside of the Lima area.

“It’s never easy to leave a place where the work you do takes time and is as important as what we do,” Braden-Clarke said.

One of her most noticeable accomplishments noted by the United Way was the initiation of the Day of Caring campaign. This initiation is a day where community members are encouraged to volunteer at local nonprofits. This year’s third annual Day of Caring, held in September, brought out over 300 volunteers – up from 200 in years prior.

“The goal is for people to get a taste of volunteering and to continue to do it,” Braden-Clarke said. “The day is so more people can see the great work that’s being done. We know people want to give their time, so it’s a great way to show that connection in what the investment is.”

Braden-Clarke focused her efforts as president on improving the education and financial self-stability of Lima families. She said the collaboration with all sectors of the community in this area is crucial as one company, even United Way, cannot do it alone. The board plans to continue the initiatives put in place by Braden-Clarke.

“Carol is a visionary who understands the community’s needs and has worked to bring people together to address the issues facing the Greater Lima Area,” said Bob Meredith, Chairman of the United Way Board. “She challenged us to see beyond the annual campaign and to envision what United Way can be as a leader in impacting our community.”

“There are some great people in this community – people that are very caring and want to see the community thrive,” Braden-Clarke said. “I’m going to miss that kind of energy. You always hope that when you leave a place, it’s better than when you found it and the work continues.”

The United Way Board will begin seeking a new president after the holiday season. In the meantime, retired past president Phil Hayne will serve as interim president.

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By Tara Jones

tjones@limanews.com

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