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Vinhage Leaving Centre County United Way; Search Begins for New Executive Director

The Centre County United Way is looking for its next executive director.

Wendy Vinhage, the nonprofit’s executive director since July 2019, is leaving the position and Centre County this summer for a family opportunity, according to a news release.

Vinhage’s resignation will be effective July 16.

“Wendy leaves the CCUW in a strong position, despite the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic,” David Pribulka, chairman of the CCUW Board of Directors, said in a statement. “Under Wendy’s leadership, the CCUW has transformed its traditional giving channels, including through the creation of new fundraising opportunities; successfully provided emergency funds to organizations and individuals around Centre County who have faced unique challenges during this time; and overseen a successful annual giving campaign.”

Her departure will not affect the CCUW annual campaign, which concludes on Jan. 31 and is a key fundraising effort for supporting the organization’s 28 partner agencies serving the education, health and financial stability needs of one out of every four Centre County residents. Vinhage, along with a board committee and dozens of community volunteers, will guide the process for distribution of funds from the campaign to partner agencies.

Under Vinhage’s leadership, CCUW launched a partnership with the Hamer Foundation last spring to provide support for residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the fund opened, more than $206,000 has been distributed, providing direct aid to 247 families facing financial challenges.

Wendy Vinhage has been executive director of the Centre County United Way since July 2019.

CCUW also adapted to the pandemic with new fundraising initiatives, including two #LIVEUNITEDLive virtual concerts, modifying its Taste of the Town event and holding online auctions and raffles.

“The Board of Directors is appreciative of the work that Wendy and her team did to carry the mission forward through trying times,” Pribulka said. “On behalf of the Board, I wish to extend our sincere well-wishes as Wendy and her family embark on their new journey.”

Prior to leading CCUW, Vinhage was already a familiar face in the local nonprofit community. From 2016 to 2019, she was executive director of Interfaith Human Services, a United Way partner agency. She previously worked for Skills of Central PA and Boy Scouts of America Juniata Valley Council.

Inquiries about the executive director position can directed to the Centre County United Way Office at (814) 238-8283.