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9/14/2013 5:13:00 AM
New leader working for United Way of Bureau County


NewsTribune photo/Kim ShuteNew United Way of Bureau County director Andrea Anderson works at her desk.
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New United Way of Bureau County director Andrea Anderson works at her desk.
Kim Shute
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PRINCETON — Bureau County United Way is kicking off its fall fundraising season with a new executive director, Andrea Anderson.

Anderson, a Princeton resident and former director of organizational development for the nonprofit Zearing Early Childhood Education Center, said she is excited to begin working on the fall fundraising campaign.

“Michelle (Lymberopou-los, former United Way executive director) has done an outstanding job. My hope is to elevate awareness of all the Bureau County United Way does for our agencies and our community. It’s important to let people know all the funds stay in the community and provide much needed services in this county,” said Anderson.

Anderson said this year the goal is to raise $120,000 for the 15 agencies that work with help from Bureau County United Way to provide services for local residents. The first event of the season will be the Sept.27 golf scramble at Chapel Hill golf course (formerly Hunters Ridge/ Bureau Valley Country Club) in Princeton.

As someone who has spent many years working for a local nonprofit organization, Anderson said bringing awareness to the community is a key component of her position as executive director.

“I honestly believe people are just not aware. These things are real in our backyard — we have hunger, we have homelessness right here. What are we going to do to raise awareness and bring help to people in our towns? There is a misconception that things like homelessness and hunger are a Chicago or a city type situation, but the reality is that it happens here.”

Despite the challenges of bringing that awareness to the community, Anderson is hopeful. “Every time I’ve knocked on doors, people in this community have stepped up.”

Kim Shute can be reached at (815) 879-5200 or ntprinceton@newstrib.com.












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