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United Way accepts responsibility for eastern Nevada chapter

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United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra’s Board of Directors voted to accept interim responsibility for serving the counties currently served by United Way of the Great Basin (Elko, Eureka, White Pine, Lander and Humboldt). This move came at the behest of United Way Worldwide, who approached the board about including these counties in their service area.

“UWNNS served this region prior to the creation of United Way of the Great Basin in 1997, so we have existing ties and positive relationships with many of the nonprofits and businesses in the area,” said Karen Barsell, chief executive officer and president of board. “The ultimate goal of UWNNS and United Way Worldwide is to build a stronger United Way for this extensive geographic region so that we can all work together to advance the common good and to create opportunities for a better life for all residents of Northern Nevada.”

The United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra currently serves Washoe, Carson City, Pershing, Churchill, Mineral, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties as well as the Lake Tahoe Basin. The current board service area represents more than 640,000 people. The inclusion of the United Way of the Great Basin service area will increase that number to more than 720,000 people.

The board will work with its new service area and its community partners to develop solutions in the areas of education, income and health, as well as supporting safety net services.

“Regardless of which community you live in, education, income and health are the building blocks for a good life,” said Barsell. “We want to work with our new communities to ensure everyone has an opportunity to achieve their potential through education, become financially stable and independent and lead healthy and productive lives.”

The board of directors will reconvene in March to discuss the future of how to best serve the five counties and will then work with United Way Worldwide on a permanent solution.

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For more information, call 775-322-8668 or visit http://www.uwnns.org.