United Way of Greater New Bedford Announces new hires and promotion

United Way of Greater New Bedford is pleased to welcome two new team members, Jennifer A. Bristol and Meighread Dandeneau, and announces the promotion of Victoria Grasela.

Ms. Bristol joins the United Way as the Vice President of Development. In this role, Ms. Bristol will oversee all fundraising at United Way, increase cultivation and stewardship of donors, and lead the Women United Initiative. She holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing. Jennifer has over two decades of nonprofit leadership experience in a diverse group of organizations including The Nature Conservancy, The Institute for Mindful Leadership and the Mount Hope Trust. While her work has touched on all aspects of nonprofit leadership, her primary driver and achievement has focused on engaging public, private and corporate donors in increasing revenue and developing innovative partnerships supporting the greater good.

Ms. Dandeneau joins the United Way as the Marketing & Community Engagement Associate. As a recent graduate of Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Media, Ms. Dandeneau will bring fresh perspective to the organization. In this new role, she will focus on further promoting United Way of Greater New Bedford’s mission in the community through social media and print marketing focusing on digital strategies and content production. Ms. Dandeneau is no stranger to Greater New Bedford, she is a graduate of GNB Voc-Tech and is Miss New Bedford 2019.

Ms. Grasela was promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Community Engagement. She will focus on engaging corporations, schools, and families in volunteerism; oversee the marketing and events at United Way; and serve as the liaison between the community and the organization. For nearly a decade, Ms. Grasela has been growing United Way’s efforts in promoting volunteerism and increasing the organization’s presence in the community. She is credited with co-creating and growing one of the most anticipated volunteer opportunities in the region – Hunger Heroes, where 1,000 Thanksgiving meals are packaged in one day. She has also helped other non-profits grow their capacity through the Service Enterprise Initiative – a certification program in volunteer management and organizational performance that only the top 11% of nonprofits in the country hold.

“It’s an exciting time at United Way as we expand our team and build our capacity to serve the community” said Michelle N. Hantman, President and CEO.  “With an eye toward future growth, it’s imperative we have an organizational structure in place that will support our bold goals and plans for the future.”

United Way of Greater New Bedford is a non-profit organization that was established in 1953. The United Way brings together volunteers, community leaders, and corporate partners to provide quality programs and initiatives that achieve positive results. Its service area, which has a population in excess of 197,000, includes the City of New Bedford and surrounding towns of Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester and Wareham.