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Director named ahead of campaign launch
Farnam takes over as head of United Way
A new United Way director hopes to bring in the community as the nonprofit launches its fundraising campaign.
Miriam Farnam took the reins of director of United Way three weeks ago and is ready to hit the ground running.
“Recently our programs have been hit hard,” Farnam, who grew up in La Grande, said. “I’ll be calling on the local community to give what they can and volunteer what they can to make a change.”
United Way conducts a fall fundraiser every year to raise money for local human service agencies like CASA, Shelter From the Storm and food pantries.
Farnam holds a graduate degree in public health and has worked in community health program development, management and research.
“My vision for the future of United Way is that we become even stronger. I’d like for those programs to be able to rely on us more than ever,” Farnam said.
The fall fundraising campaign is under way, and Farnam says businesses and individuals will be hearing from United Way representatives in the coming months.
“Every dollar helps,” she says. “Nothing is too small.”
She and her husband, Skye, have two children, whom Farnam has been taking care of for the past few years. Farnam said she is glad to be back to work, especially for United Way.
“I’m really excited to be a part of this organization I’m really proud of,” she said. “I’m looking forward to energizing it.”
United Way President Karyl Kramer said she is glad to have Farnam on board.
“She brings with her an excitement and enthusiasm, and that is refreshing,” Kramer said. “She has a lot of new ideas and is very motivated to start putting those ideas into action.”
Farnam succeeds Elena Nightingale, who resigned to pursue other interests.