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June 25, 2006

Local Professional Accepted into Prestigious Resident Fellows Program


Media Contact: Michelle Wade
203.772.2010, Ext.202

Sarah McNeely, Program Director at the United Way of Greater New Haven, has been accepted into the inaugural class of United Way of America’s Resident Fellows Program. Newly introduced by the United Way of America, this Resident Fellows Program gives outstanding employees a chance to enhance their business core functions within United Way, in order to better their specific division. She will be joining 26 other United Way employees from all across the nation.

Looking forward to the start of this learning experience, McNeely says, “I’m very excited about being accepted to this program. I think that it’s a great opportunity that will help me to grow both personally and professionally.”

Throughout the year, Resident Fellows will focus on specific program objectives such as: networking, professional development, exposure to United Way Best Practices and Standards of Excellence and identifying United Way business issues and challenges in order to develop implications for change. During the program orientation, held June 19-23 at United Way of American in Alexandria, Virginia, the Fellows received customized learning based on the Consultative Selling principles.

“Sarah is one of that growing group of talented young professionals who are making New Haven their home, says Jack Healy, newly appointed CEO of United Way of Greater New Haven. ”We are fortunate to have Sarah working on a project as important as Success By 6® that has a profound impact on children’s lives. Sarah will learn from experts and other talented young professionals through this exclusive national program and bring that learning back to New Haven.”

A Hamden resident, McNeely is a 2004 graduate of Fairfield University with Bachelor’s degree in both Political Science and Spanish. After graduating, she completed a 5-month internship with the United Way of Greater New Haven, where she helped to manage campaign accounts in the New Haven region, as well as assisted in the development of effective marketing approaches. In January, 2005 she was hired as Program Coordinator for Success By 6®, a national United Way initiative which helps to ensure that all children are ready to learn upon entrance into kindergarten. Ms. McNeely is credited with the successful launching of the first and second grant cycles for Success By 6.

About United Way:
United Way mobilizes the caring power of our community to create measurable, sustainable change and to improve lives. To do this we: help identify our region's greatest needs and best opportunities for change; raise dollars and invest those dollars for results; connect people to their caring through volunteer opportunities.

More information about United Way of Greater New Haven's community leadership and how you can help can be found at www.uwgnh.org.


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