United Way Announces Campaign Leadership

    United Way of Greater New Bedford has launched the 67th campaign by enlisting local professionals to serve on the Campaign Cabinet and lead the way to raise money and awareness for the organization. For the second year, the Campaign Cabinet will be led by William “Bill” Eccles, Jr., retired BankFive President & CEO.

    “Under Bill’s leadership of the Campaign Cabinet last year, we saw our first increase in nearly two decades,” said Michelle N. Hantman, President & CEO of United Way. “We are confident we can repeat that this year with the team we have assembled. They are an amazing group who is dedicated to the Greater New Bedford community and understands the need for the important programs and services made possible by the money we raise through the campaign.”

    Supporting United Way’s campaign efforts are a group of talented individuals that will make an impact by serving as ambassadors for United Way on the Campaign Cabinet. The Cabinet is comprised of:

    • Joseph Borges, BankFive
    • Marlissa Briggett, Southcoast Almanac
    • Robert Collins, BankFive
    • Jimmy Costa, BankFive
    • Don Hartley, Ocean Point Investment Solutions
    • Luke Lehman, BankFive
    • Lynn Malasi, BankFive
    • Kim Perry, Waring-Sullivan Funeral Home
    • Andrea Rodrigues, BankFive
    • Brittany Schmidt, BankFive
    • Ari Sky, CFO City of New Bedford
    • Joseph Tavares, Rockland Trust

    “Once again it is my pleasure and privilege to serve as the Campaign Chair for the United Way of Greater New Bedford,” said William “Bill” R. Eccles, Jr., retired BankFive President & CEO. “Like last year, I look forward to leading a dedicated campaign cabinet that will work together and achieve success through a team effort. I have always advocated for the work and programs offered by the United Way of Greater New Bedford and now more than ever it is important that we come together and raise as much funds as we can to continue to support our community.”

    In addition to the Campaign Cabinet, United Way’s efforts are supported by Loaned Executives who provide added expertise and support to the day to day workings of the Campaign. These volunteers conduct outreach, arrange campaign presentations at local companies, and provide a wide range of support for activities and events related to the campaign. This fall, Lucas Saunders from BankFive and Michael O’Leary from BayCoast Bank will serve as Loaned Executives.

    United Way of Greater New Bedford fights for the health, education, financial stability, and basic needs of every person in the 9 communities it serve. United Way is committed to making an impact by providing direct services to the community through the New Bedford Shannon and SSYI Programs, the Family Resource & Development Center, Hunger Commission, and New Bedford Community Connections Coalition. Additionally, United Way provides funding to local organizations to provide support to residents through an array programming and services. It also matches volunteers with local opportunities through Volunteer SouthCoast.