United Way executive director announces retirement

By John Bailey


After 20 years of serving those in need, the Catawba County United Way Executive Director Jennie Connor announced her retirement during the CCUW’s December board meeting.

jennie connor
Jennie Connor

Her last day with the United Way will be March 31 of this year.

“My heart is full. I retire to spend time loving on my family and laughing with friends, having complete conviction that there are caring people who will carry on…creating life-changing opportunities for those less fortunate because they will listen,” Connor said.

Along with the past 20 years leading the CCUW, she served with equal commitment on the Catawba County Board of Education, over 10 years as a Guardian ad Litem, as a volunteer with the state of North Carolina during three Presidential declared disasters, as a member of the Board of United Way of North Carolina and as a board member of the United Way of North Carolina 2-1-1.

Reflecting on the United Way’s annual campaign, Connor said she enjoyed watching how faithfully the board and volunteers worked together to assure donations were distributed to the most needed resources and programs in Catawba County.

“Over the last 20 years I have had the honor and pleasure of working alongside incredible Boards of Directors, company leaders, staff, non-profit colleagues, elected officials, local and state governments, school personnel, donors and the many people who are our neighbors and who reached out for assistance. Thank you, I am honored to have been in your presence,” Connor said.

For those interested - the Catawba County United Way Board has posted the job description for the Executive Director position at https://www.ccunitedway.com/job-opening-executive-director.