Sara Haner
Communications and Events Manager

Joyce Eleanor Named 2012 United Way Campaign Chair

July 12, 2012

United Way of Snohomish County: Joyce Eleanor(Everett, WA)—Community Transit CEO Joyce Eleanor, a member of United Way of Snohomish County’s Board of Directors, has been named the 2012 United Way Campaign Chair.

“We’re thrilled to have Joyce on board,” said Dennis G. Smith, president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County. “Her passion and strong sense of commitment has served our community well,” he added.

With a deep background in transportation leadership, Joyce was hired as CEO of Community Transit in Snohomish County in 1994 and has served the agency for nearly 20 years. Under her leadership, Community Transit has become an innovator in the transportation industry.

Joyce has selected “Get on Board” as the theme for the 2012 campaign, which reflects her transportation background and emphasizes her goal of expanding United Way’s workplace campaigns.

“After three years of stability, we are looking ahead and setting a course for growth. We have a plan that will allow our United Way to invest even more into our community,” she said.

United Way is active throughout Snohomish County and uses a variety of strategies to improve the lives of our kids, families and community.  They currently support 102 programs through 39 agencies, including children/youth programs at YMCA of Snohomish County, Camp Fire USA and Little Red School House; food programs at Volunteers of America and Senior Services of Snohomish County; employment programs for people with disabilities at Work Opportunities; disaster relief services provided by Snohomish County Red Cross; services to seniors at East County Senior Center; and housing/homeless programs at Housing Hope, Cocoon House and YWCA.

In addition to supporting local programs, United Way has also launched several initiatives focusing on education, financial stability and survival English.

Despite the down economy over the past several years, revenues have held steady at just under $10 million a year, reflecting Snohomish County’s commitment to United Way’s core mission.

United Way’s total revenue in 2011 was $9.95 million including $1.8 million from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound, an $800,000 grant from The Boeing Company (primarily for early learning and financial stability) and $540,000 from Premera Blue Cross.

This 2012 campaign is already off to a good start with Premera Blue Cross raising $570,000, exceeding its record from last year. Much of the credit for the increase goes to their CEO, Gubby Barlow, who won an Executive of the Year Award from United Way for last year’s campaign.

On July 28, Joyce’s first event with United Way will be a “Stuff-a-Bus” food and toiletries drive. Community Transit will have a Double Tall bus at the Albertson’s on 196th Street and Highway 99 in Lynnwood. Proceeds will benefit local food banks, nonprofits and United Way’s Local Community Fund.

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United Way is a community impact organization serving Snohomish County for more than 70 years. In addition to funding 102 programs through 39 agencies with a special focus on local health and human services, United Way of Snohomish County supports a number of initiatives focusing on early learning and education, financial stability for families, a youth program, North Sound 211 and an emerging initiative in survival English. 

To find out more about United Way of Snohomish County, including how you can find help, how to volunteer and how United Way serves our community, please visit our website at

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