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Stuff the Bus for Teachers Huge Success Thanks to Community, Sponsors

Officials from United Way of Pasco County and Pasco County Schools were on hand last week at Pine View Middle School to celebrate the successful Stuff the Bus Campaign.


“Our community rallied around our teachers this year,” said Duggan Cooley, President/CEO, United Way of Pasco County, “we are proud to present them with such generosity.”

August 2- 5th, school supplies were collected at Publix and Walmart stores at 14 locations throughout the county. An estimated $40,000 worth of supplies and donations, and more than $5,000 in cash and gift cards were donated by shoppers. Volunteers participated to collect and sort the items over the weekend. Additional volunteers unloaded the buses, sorted supplies and packed 775 teacher boxes at Pine View Middle School the following Monday and Tuesday.

Teachers Volunteering

Two Men and a Truck graciously offered, for the second year in a row, to deliver boxes of supplies to our teachers. Pasco County School Transportation also took boxes directly to the teachers. National surveys indicate that teachers spend more than $400 of their own money buying supplies as the school year begins. Stuff the Bus for Teachers is a way to show our teachers how much they are appreciated and provide a sort of care package to kick off their new year.

“I am so very appreciative of all [United Way of Pasco County and volunteers’] hard work and dedication,” wrote Sonia Ramos, a 3rd grade teacher at Gulf Trace Elementary. “You have ensured that our Pasco teachers start the 2013-2014 school year on the right foot. It was such a joy to receive the box of school supplies. I know for a fact that the supplies will be given to students that desperately need them.”

Businesses and local organizations, including United Way of Pasco County in partnership with Publix, Walmart, The Pasco County School District, West Pasco Young Professionals Group, 2 Men and a Truck, The Rotary Clubs of New Port Richey, Trinity and Holiday, Stone, Parker Company CPAs, and West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, supported this year’s event.



Port Richey, FL (Nov. 4, 2011)

Duggan-CooleyUnited Way of Pasco County Board Chair Shawn Foster has announced the hiring of the agency's new President and CEO. Duggan Cooley, formerly the President / CEO of Religious Community Services, Inc. (RCS) in Clearwater, has filled the position which remained vacant since the retirement of long-time President Susan Arnett in June.

After an extensive 4 month, nation-wide search to find a replacement for Arnett, the Board of Directors selected Cooley from amongst more than 90 applicants. Cooley, who has also served as a member of the Executive Director / CEO Partnership Council of United Way of Tampa Bay, had held the position of Director of Development at RCS prior to his appointment as their CEO in October of 2006.

His work at RCS included leading the daily operations of four decentralized organizations including; a food bank, domestic violence center, homeless family self-sufficiency program and retail support serving 95,000 community citizens.

Prior to joining RCS Cooley was the Stewardship and Development Director at St. Augustine Church and Catholic Student Center in Gainesville. A double major undergrad from the University of Florida, Cooley earned his Master of Nonprofit Administration at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a graduate of Leadership Pinellas and has served on numerous boards throughout the Pinellas County community.

In his new role, Cooley will direct the organization"s 9 full-time staff in daily operations and oversee the successful completion of the 2011-2012 campaign. "The board of directors is excited about the hiring of Duggan. We believe his experiences and knowledge are a great fit for United Way" said Foster. "We look forward to the community giving him a warm welcome to Pasco County."

United Way of Pasco County's mission is to advance the common good in its community by creating opportunities for a better life and addressing the underlying causes of present challenges that will ultimately bring about long-lasting changes.

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