United Way Enlists Volunteers to Lead this Year’s Campaign

United Way has enlisted a dedicated team of professionals to lead the way to raise money and awareness for their work. Serving as this year’s Campaign Chair is BankFive President & CEO, William “Bill” Eccles, Jr., who has been a strong leader on the SouthCoast for many years.

“I have been a proud supporter and donor of the United Way for many years and was honored when asked to serve the community as the Campaign Chair,” said William “Bill” R. Eccles, Jr., BankFive President & CEO.  “I have always advocated for the work and programs offered by the United Way of Greater New Bedford and encouraged others to do the same. I’m excited to lead this campaign and help raise much needed funds and heighten the awareness that in turn helps those in need here in our  community.”

Joining Bill in United Way’s campaign efforts are a group of talented individuals looking to make an impact in Greater New Bedford by serving on the Campaign Cabinet. The Cabinet is comprised of Joseph Borges, BankFive; Marlissa Briggett, Southcoast Almanac; Robert F Collins, BankFive; Jimmy Costa, BankFive; Renee Dufour, Lafrance Hospitality; Monte Ferris, Jr., RDA Insurance; Julie Ramos Gagliardi, BayCoast Bank; Don Hartley, OceanPoint Investment Solutions; Lynn Malasi, BankFive; Stephanie Pickup, Care Free Homes, and Andrea Rodrigues, BankFive.

“This team, under Bill’s leadership, has already raised $25,000 in new dollars for United Way,” said Jennifer Bristol, VP of Development at United Way. “These dollars will be invested into our community through a variety of programs and services in the areas of health, education, financial stability, and basic needs. We couldn’t do any of what we do without generous donors and volunteers like our Campaign Cabinet who are able and willing to make an ask on our behalf.”

Loaned Executives will also help with the day to day responsibilities of the campaign by volunteering at United Way weekly. This fall, Yaritza Campos from First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union and Vaida Armas from BankFive will assist with phone calls, deliver campaign materials, and help make presentations, and provide general office support at United Way.

United Way of Greater New Bedford fights for the health, education, financial stability, and basic needs of every person in the 9 communities they 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. Learn more about United Way at www.unitedwayofgnb.org.