By Tina Snell, Staff Writer As of July 14, The United Way of Morrison County has a new executive director. Tammy Jopp, formerly the Retired Senior Volunteer Program director for Horizon Health in Pierz, said she made the move because she feels she can affect a wider variety of change with the United Way. “Before, I worked solely with senior volunteerism. Now, I am able to work with people of all ages,” she said.
On Jopp’s agenda is to first learn about all the agencies the United Way provides support to. “I hear good stories from all of them and I want to go out into the community and tell those stories during the fall campaign,” she said. “I want people to know the good work that the United Way does.” With the fall campaign looming, Jopp is out making visits, creating relationships and learning what the community needs. Jopp said she believes that Morrison County contains everything needed to live a healthy life: to grow, work, raise a family and retire. “I’m just not sure people know where to find the resources they need when they need them,” she said. Jopp is building on the great work that Duane Johnson did as the previous campaign manager. She hopes to create new relationships and reconnect with old ones. “He was good at building new relationships and thanking those who have been long-time supporters,” she said. The United Way evolved from a fundraising organization to a community entity which combines the talents of local people and businesses to help residents succeed. In Morrison County, the United Way also supports Imagination Library where more than 1,100 children receive an age-appropriate book each month from birth to 5 years old. Other local groups which benefit from the United Way include Employment Enterprises Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Hands of Hope Resource Center, Kinshup, Oasis Central Minnesota Inc., Lutheran Social Services, senior and community centers, the Morrison County Chaplaincy, the Motley Area Food Shelf and more. For more information, contact Jopp at the United Way office in the historic Morrison County Courthouse by calling (320) 632-5102. She may also be reached at [email protected]