During my employment career, I worked for 47 years with several United Way recipient agencies serving people with disabilities, and witnessed an immense amount of good accomplished through United Way funding and support. The United Way is such a unifying influence in communities where it is present and instills an important local feeling of helping and being connected.
I’ve always been impressed with the United Way commitment to utilizing volunteers in its funding and other decisions. The local funds raised are distributed by community individuals who vet applications fairly and do the difficult research and comparisons necessary so that donors can be confident in the allocations made having maximum benefit in the community.
Though I’ve worked with several United Ways over the years, I’ve never seen such an exemplary commitment to, and utilization of, volunteer effort and energy embodied by the United Way of Daviess County annual Day of Caring. It is important for member agencies not only to receive local United Way funding, but also accomplish projects through this resource which often get put off repeatedly due to the demands of day to day service provision. The Day of Caring also enhances the local awareness and appreciation of what takes place in local United Way agencies.
I have been extremely impressed that our local United Way is so effective in bringing external, nontraditional funding resources to our community. This energetic and successful pursuit of outside competitive funding adds greatly to community services and to our local economy.
I am married to my wonderful wife Deb Tolson Sacksteder, a Daviess County resident since the mid-1970s. I have two great children and five delightful grandchildren. I am a graduate of Indiana University and studied Rehabilitation Administration at Southern Illinois University. I retired as CEO of Four Rivers/DSI in late 2017 after 31 years, where I was privileged to serve and support people with disabilities and other challenges in Daviess County and 13 other southwest Indiana counties.