Heemeyer now part of a larger network

MARSHALL – Marcy Heemeyer, executive director of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota, has been selected as one of 40 United Way leaders from across the country selected to participate in the U.S. Network Engagement Corps.

“It’s pretty cool, pretty exciting,” said Heemeyer.

As a Network Engagement Corps member, Heemeyer will be assigned a group of no more than 10 United Ways within the same Business Performance Matrix Cluster as the United Way of Southwest Minnesota to facilitate deeper and more personal communications and sharing, said a news release.

“We’ll learn from each other,” said Heemeyer.

Heemeyer said there has been informal sharing between United Ways, but this “takes it to the next level. This is more focused.”

Information shared within that group will bring additional knowledge, resources, and awareness back to the local United Way and the community impact work of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota.

Heemeyer said she hasn’t been assigned the group yet, but when she does, they will meet electronically on a regular basis.

“We’ll use the information that we receive in our strategic planning,” Heemeyer said.

She said the groups will share similar characteristics such as size, staffing, proximity to a Fortune 500 company and population served.

The concept for the Corps was developed during the past year and came out of a series of listening activities where CEOs from across the country expressed a desire for better communication, networking, and sharing, ultimately driving toward greater performance for their own communities and individual United Way organizations, said the news release. The field process was led by Bill Kitson, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Cleveland. United Way Worldwide sought committed CEOs from around the county who are passionate about their own individual UW mission, are good facilitators, and great network citizens for the newly forming Corps. Heemeyer was notified of her selection by Kitson and Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. President of United Way Worldwide.

Heemeyer has been the executive director of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota, which serves Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine, western Redwood and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle and Nobles counties, since February 2013. She was also elected to the United Way of Minnesota state board of directors in January.

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is a separately incorporated non-profit that is governed by its own local Board of Directors. There are no fund-raising quotas and all resources are under local control and decision-making. United Way Worldwide serves as the support organization for nearly 1800 local United Ways around the globe. Through United Way Worldwide local communities receive additional training, services and access to national corporate and employee giving campaigns that benefit our local communities.