Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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January 10, 2014

United Way director will boost online presence

Kelly Bulmer officially became the United Way of Franklin County executive director Nov. 7 upon Yvonne Brandes’ retirement. The Brookville native and resident believes UWFC “is such an important organization because in some way it touches all members of the community. Either you benefit from some of the partner agencies we support or you know someone who does.”

Bulmer is grateful that “our previous executive director and current board of directors have laid a strong foundation for me.”

Volunteers have raised about 25 percent of the 2013-14 $100,000 goal. She reports, “The campaign kicked off in August. I am confident we will achieve our goal.”

With money being collected now through payroll programs at county companies, UWFC will aid one new nonprofit, the Batesville-based Southeast Indiana Health Center, and 12 others in 2014: American Red Cross, Boy Scouts Crossroads Council, Developmental Services, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Imagination Library of Franklin County, Family Connections, Franklin County 4-H Association, Franklin County Senior Citizens Services, New Horizons Rehabilitation, Safe Passage, Special Olympics and Tri-Homecare.

The Batesville Church of Christ member emphasizes, “All of our partner agencies are funded at the local level. We are very proud of that. We are a member of the Indiana Association of United Ways and United Way Worldwide. However, they do not decide who we fund as partner agencies.”

As director, Bulmer has a few short-term goals: “make UWFC more accessible online (, increase its online presence through social media and an updated Web page, increase community engagement and educate the community on the services we provide.”

Board meetings are held in Brookville monthly. With just one Batesville board member, Jake Linkel, “we welcome more from your area.” The nominating committee is searching for one new board member. Interested persons may contact Bulmer at 765-647-2789 or

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