The United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore announces Dawn Byrd of Onancock has been named Executive Director of the local chapter, succeeding Flo Bowers, who is retiring after 21 years in the position.
Dawn has long been involved in both the retail and non-profit sectors of the Eastern Shore, previously serving as Office Manager for Great Space, a design firm in Onancock, and Collections Manager for the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society. She also served as Manager at The Book Bin for 23 years.
In addition to her considerable office experience, Byrd has volunteered her time and talents as an organizer of volunteers for The Carousel Gift Shop at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, as a board member and fundraiser for the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society, as one of the three women who created the Friends of the Library, as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital serving on the committees for the Hospital Ball and Fall Antique Show, as a member of The Garden Club of the Eastern Shore, and as a member of the Altar Guild at Market Street United Methodist Church. She is married to T. Lee Byrd and has two adult children, Lee and Morgan and a new Grandson, Graham.
“We are excited to have someone with Dawn’s talents to fill this important position,” said John Fiege, president of the United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. “Her business and civic background will help United Way to continue to make a difference on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.”
Fiege added, “We also give tremendous thanks to Flo Bowers for her 21 years of outstanding service, the exemplary manner in which she has represented United Way and the dedication she has to the Eastern Shore community.”
The United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore is a local volunteer organization established in 1991 by business people and community leaders who recognized the need to have a local organization that would be dedicated to helping the people of Virginia’s Eastern Shore by organizing and helping to raise financial support from local businesses and individuals for a variety of local charities.
The United Way Chapter has raised over $5 million since 1991 and is currently well into its 23rd campaign with a goal of $300,000.
Funds go to provide emergency food and shelter, family counseling, health services, youth development and recreation programs in addition to many other services needed in the community. Costs are kept low with one part-time employee and the efforts of local volunteers.
To contribute, please send your tax-deductible donation to United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, P.O. Box 605, Onley, Va. 23418 or go to http://esunitedway.org/make-a-donation/