South-Southwest United Way Welcomes New Board Members Meyers-Martin and Lopez

South-Southwest Suburban United Way (SSUW) is proud to announce Debra Meyers-Martin of Olympia Fields, Ill., and Mauricio Lopez of Chicago, Ill., have joined the SSUW Board of Directors. Meyers-Martin and Lopez join 16 board members across the Southland region and are responsible for leveraging nearly $3 million allocated to local United Way Partner Organizations annually, as well as programs serving south suburban residents in crisis. “United Way is pleased to welcome these committed, impassioned individuals to the board,” said Reverend Larry L. Jackson, Board President at South-Southwest Suburban United Way. “By leveraging their networks and experience, we stand to make the biggest impact for those in need through our income, education and health investments.” Debbie Meyers-Martin is a seasoned professional with more than 15 years of community and public relations experience; including nine years of community service as an elected official to the Village of Olympia Fields and currently serves as Village President. As the current Program Coordinator at the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office for the Link Deposit Program-Employee Illinois, she is responsible for outreach to municipalities, chambers of commerce and private sector development interests. Meyers-Martin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice/Pre-Law from University of Illinois-Chicago. Meyers-Martin has served on numerous boards including the Government Partnership for Economic Development Task Force, Advisory Board of the Economic Counsel for the Southwest Suburbs and the Board for Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) Bloom-Rich Economic Development Committee. Mauricio Lopez currently serves as Direct Endorsement Underwriter for PNC Bank. He’s responsible for underwriting FHA loans, appraisals to determine whether subject properties meet HUD minimum property standards and underwriting USDA/Rural Development loan submissions. Lopez previously worked for JP Morgan Chase where he rendered decisions on AUS approved home equity loan applicants and verified rate/pricing calculations. He has previously been involved in supporting church outreach programs and comes to SSUW for more hands-on involvement with helping those in crisis improve their quality of life and financial/living situations. “Meyers-Martin and Lopez are just the beginning of what we hope is a swell of recruiting new and diverse board members to assist South-Southwest Suburban United Way with furthering our investments throughout the Southland region,” said Yvonne Orr, Chief Professional Officer at South-Southwest Suburban United Way. “Moving forward, we hope to identify nearly ten more individuals to join our committed volunteers.” SSUW has set an ambitious goal of recruiting an additional seven to ten new board members to assist in leveraging resources across disciplines in the Southland region; specifically from the following industries: Education, Hospitality, Technology, Real Estate, Fortune 100-500, Marketing, Physicians, etc. SSUW, in partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, is helping transform communities of greatest need through the organization’s 10-year vision, LIVE UNITED 2020. Over the next decade United Way will: ensure 100,000 families advance their economic stability, 50,000 underperforming middle school students enter high school ready to succeed, and 200,000 individuals have access to available, preventative healthcare. As part of LIVE UNITED 2020, SSUW unveiled its Education Initiative in Fall 2011, which provided more than $100K to serve early learners (children ages 0-5 years) and middle school students in Chicago Heights. For more information about United Way and how to get involved please visit LIVEUNITEDchicago.org/southland.

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United Way advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on the three key building blocks for strong families and healthy communities: Education, Income and Health. LIVE UNITED 2020 is a social movement, our ten-year commitment to tackle the root causes of poverty. Over the next decade, in communities of greatest need, United Way will: ensure 100,000 families advance their economic stability, 50,000 underperforming middle school students enter high school ready to succeed, and 200,000 individuals have access to available, preventative healthcare. Annually, LIVE UNITED 2020 will provide one million individuals with access to crisis services including emergency food, shelter and protection from violence. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.