July 31st , 2014
In the wake of one of the United Ways long-time employees stepping down, the leader of the local United Way is being unusually camera shy about explaining why.
According to Bill Jackson, United Way's president, RJ Zonna has decided to leave United Way to pursue other opportunities.
Jackson says the United Way is looking to change its fundraising strategies.
He would not go on camera, however, he says in a statement quote:
"To achieve our community's goals moving forward, United Way of Erie County must look at its fundraising strategies through a new lens.
To that end, the agency is in the process of reorganizing its resource development department to meet these challenges."
In a statement tonight, RJ Zonna writes:
"I am proud of what we have accomplished together and am glad to have played a major role in moving the organization from simply a fundraiser, to that of a community-mobilizer focused on the critical issues of reducing poverty and increasing self-sufficiency.
As United Way celebrates a century of improving lives in Erie County, I wish them continued success. It has been my honor and privilege to serve with so many dedicated volunteers and individuals like yourselves, especially this past year, when together, we were able to raise 6.7 million in total community support, the highest total in the organization's 99-year history.
As I begin this new chapter, I look forward to utilizing my skills, talents and passion to continue to build a stronger community here in Erie County."
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