Board Member Spotlight: Jeff Dingman

Jeff resides in Deer River with his wife, Ann, and two Brittany spaniels named Ella and Maddie. After meeting on their colleges’ swim teams and beginning their careers in the Twin Cities, Jeff and Ann moved to the Itasca area, where they enjoy all the outdoor activities the area has to offer.

What inspired you to be involved with United Way?

I was a contributor through my employer, and after joining North Homes in 2019, was asked about joining the board of directors by an existing board member.  I felt like this was an opportunity for me to be more involved in the community and to help make the place we are lucky enough to call home better for others.

What is the most rewarding thing you have taken from this experience?

Seeing all the different ways that United Way impacts our local community.  The stories shared at the annual campaign celebration really showed how various individuals have benefited from the work of the United Way.

What is one word you would use, to sum up, United Way’s work?

Dedication – the staff and volunteers are dedicated to making a difference in our community.

What impresses you most about the Itasca Area?

The sense of community and how people rally around those in need.  This is especially prevalent during the current pandemic, where people are out there supporting our local businesses and establishments.

What is one thing about United Way that you think most people don’t know?

The money raised and donated stays in the area and supports local businesses and individuals of all ages.

What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in United Way?

Give what you can, either through monetary donations or volunteering your time.  Investing in our community benefits everyone & allows this great place we call home to continue to grow and thrive as a community.