Murray-Calloway County United Way

Kate Lochte, WKMS

Gerald Washington says fundraising is all about dream development, helping people meet their need for a legacy or footprint they've had in this lifetime and matching it with the needs of the community around them. He's the new Executive Director of United Way of Murray-Calloway County and visits with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about his first couple of months settling into the role and a preview of what's to come with his leadership.

The  Murray-Calloway County United Way will see several changes in leadership in the new year.

The Murray-Calloway County United Way board of directors has named Amy Gannon as its new interim campaign and project director.

Board Chair Tina Bernot says Gannon accepted the offer immediately starts Monday. Her duties include working with staff, volunteers and local businesses on the upcoming fall fundraiser.

The United Way of Murray-Calloway County is close to naming its interim executive director.

Board Chair Tina Bernot says the executive committee will give the full board a one-person recommendation at its meeting Aug. 14. She says the board typically supports the executive committee’s suggestions leading to a quick decision on an interim.

The Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce has selected Aaron Dail as the organization’s next President. Dail currently serves as the Executive Director of Murray Calloway County United Way.

"I'm excited and humbled to have this honor in representing our Chamber members and community efforts,” said Dail.”I'm looking forward to beginning work in partnership with the board and staff to accomplish great things and to meet and listen to the needs and wants of our chamber members."

Kate Lochte speaks with Aaron Dail, Executive Director of the Murray-Calloway County United Way, on Sounds Good. They talk about the transformation of the United Way involving community conversations and community change, and efforts being made on a local level. Three of their current focus areas are educational attainment, income stability for families, and healthy living/healthy lifestyles. Also, Aaron talks about local campaigns such as GetConnected and their involvement with Toyota's bornlearning initiative. See more at

Western Kentucky families are saving money on medications that could cut down on health care costs long term thanks to a partnership between two organizations and local pharmacies. The United Way of Murray/Calloway County and FamilyWize provide a free prescription discount card that can be used at most pharmacies. The FamilyWize card can save families up to 75 percent on their medications.


The Murray-Calloway County United Way Chapter has reached its annual fundraising goal. Chapter Executive Director Aaron Dail says as of yesterday, United Way pledges are at over $331,000 dollars, more than $41,000 dollars over the goal. Dail says the 2011 campaign involved more than 40 businesses and 72 employee volunteers coordinating with their respective companies. The organization also received the largest donation in its history in this campaign, $140,000 dollars from Chuck and Sarah Jones of Murray.