United Fund Recognizes Student Directors
Decatur County United Fund is pleased to recognize their two outgoing student directors for their service on the Board.
Ellie Acra and Trey Nobbe served from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2020 on the United Fund Board, representing their schools of Greensburg and North respectively. Both students have brought great energy and new perspective to the board and demonstrated great leadership skills. Their United Fund board stewardship included presenting at workplace campaigns each year as well as educating the community at large about the United Fund’s work. They have actively participated in the annual Strawberry Festival and Day of Caring and recruited volunteers from their schools to help at these events.
Both have gained a greater understanding of the many nonprofits providing programs and services in Decatur County. This includes understanding the agency’s mission, financial stability, and the measurable impact that each provide to the community.
Ellie noted, “Being a part of the United Fund has been eye opening for me. Today, it’s not only about giving. The United Fund’s strength is—to give, to volunteer, and be a voice for others—it’s about creating significant change in our community. I am glad to have been a part of that and will continue to give back in my community.”
Trey shared, “Being a director for the United Fund has opened my eyes to the many programs like the Governor’s Work Ethic Certification, the many educational/mentoring programs, health and human services being offered in our community and so much more. Being good stewards of those dollars is very important to non-profits and I am proud to say the United Fund has that --- good stewardship.”
Joane Cunningham, Executive Director for Decatur County United Fund, stated, “It has been a pleasure working with Ellie and Trey, both are outstanding students and great representatives from their schools. I hope this experience has helped them understand many aspects of policies, procedures, oversight, measurable impact, and what community involvement is all about.”
The Decatur County United Fund Board of Directors and staff wish Ellie and Trey much success in their future endeavors.
First Baby to Enroll in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
of Decatur County in 2020
GREENSBURG – Aaron and Catherine Fletcher rang in the new year by welcoming their child, Kenzley Grace, who arrived at 1:06 p.m. Jan. 2, 2020. Little Kenzley, the first baby of 2020 born at Decatur County Memorial Hospital, weighed in at 6 pounds 5 ounces and measured 18 inches long.
In addition to being the first child born at DCMH in 2020, Kenzley is the very first child to be enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Decatur County.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation, is a new program being offered to parents of newborns at Decatur County Memorial Hospital beginning Jan. 1, 2020.
The Imagination Library is made possible locally through a collaborative partnership between the Decatur County United Fund, Decatur County Memorial Hospital and The Hospital Foundation of Decatur County. Dennis Fogle, The Hospital Foundation Executive Director, states that, “by supporting our children through literacy, we can ensure them the stability to progress through the stages of their education. The Hospital Foundation of Decatur County is proud to be an important part of a child’s early education. Nothing can take the place of time spent reading to a child.”
Each newborn enrolled receives a free, specially-selected, age-appropriate book each month beginning at birth and continuing until age five.
“Parents and caregivers are a child’s first teacher and set the course for developing their child’s love of books and reading. Reading is such a special gift to give to your child. It’s special time spent together and it helps prepare them for a life-long love of learning,” said Joane Cunningham, Executive Director of the Decatur County United Fund.
Since the inception of the Imagination Library in 1995, 130,905,270 books have been gifted to children across the world with 17.1 million books mailed in 2019 alone. The impact of the program has been widely researched and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood literacy metrics.
Rex McKinney, President and CEO of Decatur County Memorial Hospital remarked that, “to effectively serve our community in the future, we have a duty to educate others. We are honored to be a partner in this program that invests in the education of future generations.”