BANGOR – It’s a time of transition at United Way of Eastern Maine. Longtime president and CEO John Kuropchak is retiring at the end of the month.
He’ll be replaced by Shirar Patterson who was selected as the new president and cCEO after a nationwide search.
We talked with Patterson earlier Tuesday.
She’s taking over a time when more Maine families are needing help to get by and that’s why she says it’s so important for members of the community to get involved.
Patterson said “It’s so important to work with community partners to do this work because no one individual or organization can do it alone. So I’m real excited to harness the existing relationships we have and building more so we can help more people.”
The United Way of Eastern Maine assists more than 50,000 people this year and is currently trying to raise $1.8 million for the annual capitol campaign.
Money that will be used to support everything from food cupboards to tax preparations for the less fortunate.