Over the course of 2021, we will feature 100 Heroes who have been instrumental in our fight for the basic needs, education and financial stability of our neighbors for the past century. To learn more about how we are continuing to serve the Bluegrass in 2021, click here.
Today we are interviewing Anne Nash, a former board member and annual donor.
What is your current or former role within UWBG?
I am currently an annual donor to United Way’s Women United program. I was on the Board for at least one term while I was the CEO of Blue Grass Community Foundation. I have also been on the Economics Stability Committee. Lastly, I worked with United Way as a consultant with the firm, My Giving Advisor.
What did this role include? What would a normal day look like for you?
I have had the opportunity to hold several roles with United Way, so it depends on the type of role. As a Board Member, I helped council and advise as business arose between meetings. On the Economics Stability Committee, recommendations were made to the full board on the various projects United Way was working on at the time. As a consultant with My Giving Advisor, I had an office within UWBG. I was giving advice daily about several programs. Now, as a donor, I keep up with UWBG through reading communications, giving regularly and attending events.
What do you think is the most special thing about UWBG?
The most special thing is its longevity and loyalty to the community over the years. United Way has always been there and we hope it will always be there.
In your opinion, what positive change has UWBG made in the Bluegrass over the past 100 years?
The work on economic empowerment and education is very important. In the past, the primary work was with social and human services. United Way has evolved as an organization to take on a more active role in the community. I think taking a more active role, rather than simply giving away money, is very important and has made the biggest difference.
What is your favorite place in the Bluegrass?
In Kentucky, Red River Gorge. I’m an outdoorsy person and I like doing outdoorsy things. In the Bluegrass, I would say my favorite place is the Arboretum in Lexington. I walk there every day.
What is your favorite thing to do in the Bluegrass?
I like to go for walks in all the pretty areas.
“United Way has been involved in doing different things throughout the years, but the primary mission has always stayed the same.” -Anne Nash
Thank you for being such a strong part of UWBG, Anne! We appreciate you and all that you've done.
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