United Way Announces 2020 Campaign Cabinet


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United Way of the Ozarks is excited to announce this year’s Campaign Cabinet.  The Campaign Cabinet’s role is to generate community support for the United Way of the Ozarks during its annual fundraising campaign.  “Improving people’s lives in the Ozarks requires a team of committed professionals and volunteers,” stated Mark Walker, Campaign Co-Chair.  “At United Way, we are pleased to have assembled a distinguished group of community leaders to help connect donors with their passion of helping others.”

Jena Holtberg-Benge, Campaign Co-Chair, John Deere Reman

Mark Walker, Campaign Co-Chair, Transland, LLC


Jim Anderson, Retired, CoxHealth and Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Kevin Ausburn, SMC Containers

Greg Beck, Retired, O’Reilly Automotive

Tim Bellanti, Retired, Associated Wholesale Grocers

David Cook, Bank of Missouri

Gary Gibson, City Utilities

Jay Guffey, Retired, Mercy Health Systems

Britton Jobe, Neale & Newman

Stephen Kleinsmith, Retired, Nixa Public Schools

Samuel Knox, Unite Publication and Minorities in Business

Candy Letterman, Arvest Bank

Brian McDonough, KY3

Morey Mechlin, Retired, Nonprofit Leader

Charlie O’Reilly, Retired, O’Reilly Automotive

Todd Parnell, Retired, Drury University

Gary Schafer, BKD LLC

Cindy Stephens, OTC

Joe Turner, Great Southern Bank

Lelia Voss, US Bank

Paul Williams, Springfield Police Department

This year’s campaign is “Connecting the Dots.”  “The United Way connects the dots between the community and 22 partner agencies serving the Ozarks.  And community ownership and leadership is critical to make that happen, added Jena Holtberg-Benge, General Manager, John Deere Reman, and United Way Campaign Co-Chair.  “As unemployment persists at 8% and evictions rise, partner agency services are needed now more than ever to drive financial stability, improve education levels, and increase access to health care.”

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the United Way has debuted a new virtual giving platform called e-Pledge.  This new system will allow employees to make donations or set up payroll deductions without paper forms.   Another option is that in lieu of a traditional campaign, employees can opt to roll over their gifts from the previous year. United Way of the Ozarks is also developing monthly digital content to engage donors throughout the year in what is happening within our community.

To learn how to participate in this year’s campaign, contact us at 863-7700.