From the Paulding Progress
By JIM LANGHAM
PAULDING – When Chris Hoeffel was looking for a career change, the answer was waiting for him in Paulding County. Hoeffel, of Continental, was recently hired as the new executive director for the United Way of Paulding County.
“I was looking for a new opportunity and this fell into my lap,” said Hoeffel, recently, who spent his first full week in the local office last week. “There were many things that I did in my previous position that I do here. I love working directly with people to help move a cause forward.
“There appears to be a great need here to get out and talk to people,” said Hoeffel. “I look forward to sharing what United Way does, how it affects agencies that need money to provide their services.”
Hoeffel comes from Defiance County, where he graduated from Tinora High School and received a BS degree in wellness from Defiance College. For four years, he worked as a program manager for Defiance Area YMCA. After a brief stint in Columbus, he returned to the Defiance area and worked for the American Cancer Society for 12 years. There he was in charge of fundraising, volunteer recruitment and board of director development.
While Hoeffel was attending Defiance College, he began dating one of the college’s premier athletes, basketball player Annette Rue, who had excelled as one of the area’s leading varsity stars at Continental High School. These days, the couple has been married for 15 years and have two children, daughter Alexis, 13, and son Andrew, 11.
He replaces Sonya Herber, who resigned from the position last February.
Currently, the UW of Paulding County serves eight agencies with a distribution of $26,300. The fundraising campaign goal for 2015-16 is $75,000.
“I want to hit the ground running,” said Hoeffel. “I have a certain priority list of companies that I would like to contact. I want people to know that funds raised through the local campaign stays in Paulding County. The people of Paulding County benefit directly from it.
“The median income here is lower than some areas,” noted Hoeffel. “It seems like a larger total of businesses locate in bigger cities. When we can bring businesses to the area, it seems like we are bringing more workers to the area of donations.
“I look forward to working with the entire Paulding County community; we hope to be able to make a difference,” continued Hoeffel.”
For more information on the agency, visit its website at http://unitedwayofpauldingcounty.org/ or look for “United Way of Paulding County” page on Facebook.