United Way of Boyertown Area

About Us

Our Mission

To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community and to conduct efficient community-wide fundraising which helps meet the community’s critical human health and services needs.

Using volunteer help, funds are raised in the community to support programs in local agencies that benefit people in the Boyertown area community. The local agencies are non-profit and meet rigorous eligibility requirements to be a member agency.

Our Story

The United Way of Boyertown Area has a long history of supporting the local agencies that provide much needed services to the Boyertown School District Area. As far back as 1932, community volunteers raised funds for the Boyertown Community Chest to benefit Boyertown service agencies. In October 1958, it was rechartered as the United Community Chest Fund of Boyertown Area and renamed the United Way of Boyertown Area in 1979. It is a tax exempt, non-profit organization registered with the IRS as a 501-(c)3 organization.

 

Our United Way is an equity change agent opposed to racism/ethnic discrimination and demonstrates inclusive behavior by moving from awareness to action, recognizing differences as strengths, valuing diversity of opinion, and respecting members of our Boyertown area community regardless of culture, religion, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic standing, and origin.

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Our Board Members

President
John Landino

Vanguard

Vice President
Rod Boyer
Retired Educator

Treasurer
Sheila Nester
Sheila Nester & Associates, P.C.

Secretary / Director
Kenneth Hunt
Retired Executive

Diane Bodolus
Retired Educator

Lori Carnes
Mayor, Borough of Boyertown

Michelle Carlier
Resident

Samantha Dolansky

Student Representative

Steve Elsier
Executive, Former School Board Director

Sabrina Falzone
Student Representative

Andrew Mathius
Board Member

Steph Petri
Boyertown Area School District

Dennis Psota
Retired Police Officer

Brian Rohn
Boyertown Area School District

Robert Theisen, Jr.,
New York Life Insurance

Keith Youse
Retired Police Officer

Meet Ken Hunt - 2024 Citizen of the Year!

Kenneth Hunt has been named the 70th annual Boyertown Area Citizen of the Year. He has dedicated the last 20 + years of his life to serving others in the greater Boyertown community through various volunteer positions and community engagements.

Ken Hunt by The United Way Office

Ken holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Drexel University. He was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, but made the permanent transition to the Boyertown area in 2000 when he joined the staff at Cabot Corporation.

Despite facing a layoff in 2004, Ken’s commitment to the community remained unwavering. He took on the role of Executive Director at United Way of Boyertown Area, a position he has held since 2005. His leadership and dedication have been instrumental in driving positive change and supporting those in need within the community.

Ken’s volunteerism extends far beyond his role at United Way. He has served as the co-leader of the Boyertown Area Homelessness Task Force, Secretary of Berks-Mont Business Association (BMBA) and the catalyst of the BMBA Philadelphia Ave. Street Fair, an event for which he helps to lead the organizing committee. He has also been actively involved in initiatives such as serving as a free AARP tax preparer, delivering Meals on Wheels, and tutoring youth.

One local resident says, “Ken works hard on behalf of the Boyertown community—for no pay–in a variety of ways–but especially for those who are homeless and need charitable help.  On several occasions I have gone to him with information about people in need. One individual was homeless and  Ken worked to locate for him a warm place to live.  Another time I became aware of people living in their car. He went to look for them several times. I believe he found them after several tries and helped them find a place to live. He’s a quiet, gentle man who exudes uncommon warmth and kindness and exemplifies the best of us in his spirit of generosity, compassion, and willingness to help those who need it.”

One word often used to describe Ken is “humble.” Expressing appreciation for Citizen of the Year recognition, he says, “Thanks for this great honor. I am not the type of person who does well with awards. I believe accomplishments take a team of people; that is my experience.” He also gives a shout-out to “all those team players who helped accomplish things like raising over $4million during my time at United Way,  given back to over 20 agencies to help meet the most critical needs of Boyertown area residents. Everyone shares in this award!”

Residing in Montgomery County with Bernice Bates and their two Goldendoodle dogs, Lilly and Charlie, Ken cherishes time with his family. With three daughters spread across the country, family remains a central focus in his life.

Ken expresses a deep gratitude to the Boyertown community, recognizing its generosity and kindness. He credits the ongoing support of community members for enabling him to continue his meaningful work. Ken’s passion for service and his positive impact on the Boyertown area serve as an inspiration to all those around him.

Source: Lindsey Riegner Mason, 9-April-2024, The Boyertown Area Xpression