The United Way’s vision, according to its website, is a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives, and Deanna Green is doing what she can to make that vision a reality.
Green, the new executive director of the United Way of Independence County, is excited about her new position with the nonprofit organization.
“I always had an interest in the United Way,” Green said.
Before becoming executive director, Green said, she was the business manager of surgical services at White River Medical Center in Batesville and was the leader of patient-experience-team activities at the hospital.
“I saw an ad for the [United Way] job in the newspaper,” she said, “and I’ve always been supportive of the United Way.”
After seeing the ad for the opening with the United Way of Independence County, Green said the timing was right, and she wanted to pursue her dream of becoming the organization’s executive director.
With her new title, Green is responsible for every function the organization sponsors. She oversees business, community involvement, volunteer recruitment, the board of directors and fundraising.
“I’m involved in every aspect of [the United Way],” she said. “We are inspiring hope for a better tomorrow. We don’t want it to be just today.”
Green’s first day on the job was July 8, and she looks forward to what the future holds for the United Way of Independence County.
“[With this job], I have the opportunity to be more focused and aligned with the United Way,” Green said.
She wants to start focus groups within the community as it moves forward with the United Way.
“People will come together and discuss the community’s greatest needs,” Green said.
Though she is a longtime Batesville resident, Green said, she is meeting new people in her community each day.
“My favorite part of my job has been relationship building,” she said.
According to the United Way website, the goals of the nonprofit are to improve education, help achieve financial stability and promote healthy lives.
“We are making the community better through education,” Green said.
By improving education, the United Way is cutting down on the number of high-school dropouts every year, Green said.
“We want to empower [students] to graduate,” she said.
The United Way of Independence County partners with 14 other agencies to improve the community.
“We’ve worked with Batesville Help and Hope Inc. to provide meals,” Green said.
Batesville Help and Hope Inc. has provided more than 21,650 meals and offered emergency assistance to more than 75 families, Green said.
Although Green no longer works for the hospital, she said that through her new job, she is able to keep in contact with former co-workers.
“I’ve been able to renew relationships and friendships with people I used to work with,” Green said.
Green said with her new job she wants to show the community just how much the United Way of Independence County can do for the area.