HELENA — The United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area (UWLCA) has announced Emily McVey as their new executive director.
McVey says some of her goals as executive director are to build stronger relationships with community partners and better inform the public about the services they offer.
“Then really start focusing in on where we can assist the community in filling any gaps that are out there or bolstering the community partnerships that we already have,” said McVey. “Making sure that people know we’ve moved past the ‘community chest’ phase and we’re doing a lot of really good collaborative work in helping people directly.”
The organization will also be working on making sure the goals of the United Way, such as homelessness, education and volunteer work, are best serviced.
“Just really making sure we do a good job at what we do,” said McVey, “and knowing that if there’s something else out there that needs to be done we’ll be working on that as well.”
A Montana native, McVey has more than 20 years of experience hands-on field work helping children and families and began her non-profit career working for Florence Crittenton.
“When I first started at Florence Crittenton I found my passion was really to help other people,” said McVey. “My heartstrings really are pulled to do non-profit work and help the community.”
From there she served as the Director of Montana Youth Homes before working at the State of Montana in Child and Family Services.
McVey added she’s excited to serve as executive director and hopes the community sees just how much the United Way has to offer.
UWLCA will be holding their Community Giving Campaign Kickoff breakfast on September 10th, 7:00 a.m. at the Great Northern Best Western Hotel.
More information about the services offered by UWLCA canbe found here.