United Fund In The News

Buck Duncan Continues Chairmanship of 2012-13 United Fund Campaign

The Board of Directors of the United Fund of Talbot County (UFTC) has announced that Buck Duncan, President and CEO of The Talbot Bank, having chaired a successful campaign in 2011-12, will continue in his role as the chairman of the upcoming campaign that kicks off in September.

The United Fund of Talbot County is the only local charity that since 1955 hasenriched the lives of Talbot County residents through philanthropy and volunteerism.“Our mission is to raise funds to meet the underfunded human services needs in our community,” noted Ann Jacobs, Executive Director. Other than one paid employee, all United Fund efforts in raising these funds are provided by citizens volunteering their time.

Al Silverstein, United Fund Board President, Ann Jacobs, Executive Director, and Buck Duncan, United Fund campaign chairman, review the 2012-13 United Fund newsletter featuring how its participating agencies help here in Talbot County.

Mr. Duncan has been one of those active volunteers in the United Fund’s annual campaigns for decades.  No stranger to community involvement, he has served on the boards of The Country School, CASA of Talbot County, and as a past president of the Rotary Club of Easton.  “I am delighted to continue in the capacity of Campaign Chairman for the United Fund 2012-13 campaign,” said Duncan.  “It is our goal to help our participating agencies deliver essential programs and services, assisting people here in our community with medical needs, childcare, crisis situations, character development, youth mentoring, and so much more.”

United Fund Reminds Supporters ‘Tis the Season for Year-End Giving

The United Fund of Talbot County serves as the only local philanthropic organization to support underfunded health and human services needs through many charities in Talbot County.  Currently, there are 22 participating non-profit agencies that have passed the annual stringent review in order to receive your donations and deliver programs and services for our local individuals and families in need.

United Fund agencies help residents lead more productive, self-sufficient and healthier lives.  For example, the Neighborhood Service Center assists families who need food or help paying utility bills. Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers ensure children receive quality care and education. BAAM, CASA of Talbot County and Talbot Mentors all help at-risk youth; Upper Shore Aging addresses the needs of seniors, and the list goes on.

Every gift matters. Thanks to the support of both returning and new contributors, the 2011-12 annual campaign has so far raised 60% toward its $450,000 goal. “We are delighted by the continued strong flow of donations,” Ann Jacobs, United Fund of Talbot County Executive Director said, “but we still have a long way to go in reaching the 2011-12 campaign goal.” Most of the participating agencies are small with limited resources and rely heavily on the United Fund. They would be severely impacted without the generous support of our community. With the holidays here, please make this the season for year-end giving with the gift of hope and help for these deserving people. Please click on the Donate Now button to make a secure contribution online or send your support to United Fund of Talbot County, P.O. Box 741, Easton, MD 21601.

September Proclaimed “United Fund of Talbot County” Month. 45

At its September 13 meeting, the Talbot County Council designated September “United Fund of Talbot County” month.  Council member, Corey Peck, presented the official proclamation to Ann Jacobs, United Fund Executive Director, United Fund board members Joe Anthony, Pat Casgar, Chuck Mangold, Jr., Al Silverstein, Leslie Stevenson, and 2011-12 Campaign Chairman, Buck Duncan.


With the Fund’s annual appeal goal this year of $450,000, over 26,000 people will be helped through the programs and services delivered by 22 United Fund partner agencies, meeting the underfunded needs of people with medical needs, child care, crisis situations, character development, literacy, and youth mentoring. “The United Fund of Talbot County is not part of any national organization”, noted Ann Jacobs, Executive Director.  “We serve as the only local philanthropic organization to support many charities in Talbot County.”


L to r: Al Silverstein, United Fund board member; Buck Duncan, 2011 Campaign Chair; Pat Casgar, United Fund board member; Corey Peck, Talbot County Council member; Leslie Stevenson, United Fund board member; Ann Jacobs, United Fund Executive Director; Chuck Mangold and Joe Anthony, United Fund board members.

Please help the United Fund achieve its mission to fund the underfunded human services needs in our community with your check, sent to United Fund of Talbot County, P.O. Box 741, Easton, MD 21601.  Or donate online at www.unitedfund.org today.  Every gift matters!

Duncan Named United Fund 2011-12 Campaign Chairman

The Board of Directors of the United Fund of Talbot County (UFTC) has announced the appointment of Buck Duncan, President and CEO of The Talbot Bank as the chairman of the 2011-12 Campaign.

As the only local philanthropic organization to support many charities in Talbot County, the United Fund’s purpose is to raise money to benefit its 22 participating agencies, enabling them to assist thousands of local needy individuals and families here in our community.

Mr. Duncan is well known in the community as a civic leader.  As a United Fund campaign advocate for many years, he has also served the community as board member/treasurer of CASA of Talbot County, board member of The Country School, member and past president of the Rotary Club of Easton.  He is also a former chairman and director of Memorial Hospital, Vice Chairman/Director of Shore Health Systems, and director of the Maryland Bankers Association.

“I am very pleased to have been asked to serve as the United Fund 2011-12 Campaign Chairman,” said Duncan.  “It is a great organization with a long list of achievements in the community.  With so many agencies depending on the Fund, our goal is to make sure they can continue to offer their invaluable services to the residents of Talbot County.”

United Fund Gets The News Out With The Inside Scoop on its Website

Now supporters of the United Fund of Talbot County can see the many ways their United Fund contributions help here in Talbot County.   “Delivered on a regular basis via email, the Inside Scoop will keep subscribers up-to-date with information and stories about the agencies we support and the people they help with the money our campaign raises each year,” Ann Jacobs, Executive Director, explained.  Visit www.unitedfund.org and click on Inside Scoop to learn the latest.  “And if you are not currently a subscriber, simply provide your email address in the Leave a Reply box, and we’ll add you to the list,” Jacobs noted.

United Fund Elects 3 New Directors 43

The United Fund of Talbot County (UFTC) announced the unanimous election of R. Michael S. Menzies, Leslie J. Stevenson and Marie R. U’Ren as new members to its governing board, Class of 2014, at a recent board of directors meeting. Fellow United Fund board members with whom they will serve include Joe Anthony, Pat Casgar, Bill Corace, Zuleika Ghodsi, Jane Kasper, Chuck Mangold, Jr., Pam Reynolds, Al Silverstein and Jim Vermilye.

R. Michael S. Menzies, President and CEO of Easton Bank and Trust Co. returns to the United Fund Board of Directors.  With a long history of involvement in the Easton community, he is presently the Chairman for the Talbot Hospice Foundation Capital Campaign, member of the Mid Shore Community Foundation Board and Finance Committee, Honorary Chair of the Oxford Community Center, and member of the Rotary Club of Easton.  He is past chairman of the Talbot Hospice Foundation.  On the national level, he is past chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) the only national trade association that exclusively represents community banks. Mike has an economics degree from Randolph Macon Colleges; earned his CPA certificate at Loyola College in Baltimore and attended the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Banking for advanced banking studies. He lives in Easton with his wife, Midge.

Leslie Stevenson is a long time resident of St. Michaels, relocating from Texas with her family in 1977.  As a realtor for Lacaze Meredith Real Estate, her focus is on assisting buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals. She is ranked in the top 5% of residential real estate professionals in America.  Active in her community, Leslie serves on the United Fund Agency Review Committee, is involved in Christmas in St. Michaels, the Flower Guild, Mid-Shore Board of Realtors, Maryland Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors.  She is a graduate of Indiana University with a BS in Science, as an alumna of the Real Estate Institute.  She resides in St. Michaels with her husband, Tom.




Marie U’Ren is also a returning director to the United Fund.  An extremely active community volunteer, her involvement has touched more than 2 dozen local organizations, including Main Street Easton, Festival of Trees, Wye Conservatory of Music, and Chesapeake Film Festival. She is on the Provident State Bank’s Talbot County Advisory Board and is helping Thayer Entertainment produce independent films in Talbot County.  Marie is also the ‘go-to’ person for costumes, managing a collection available for use by local theatre groups, other non–profits and community members.  Marie attended George Washington University and was a founding member and group sales director for a California travel agency prior to moving to Easton in 1994 with her husband, Bill.


Three Generations of Giving

This year, in lieu of birthday gifts, Gracie Hill, asked her friends to celebrate her special day with a contribution to the United Fund of Talbot County.  She carries on a family tradition, as both her parents, Brad & Allison Hill, and her grandparents, Tom & Cathy Hill, have been staunch supporters of the Fund for many years.

“We can’t thank Gracie and her friends enough for this wonderful, selfless gift,” noted Ann Jacobs, United Fund Executive Director.  “Thanks to this contribution, many needy children and their families in Talbot County, will benefit.”

Gracie Hill presents Ann Jacobs, United Fund Executive Director, with the checks she received during her birthday celebration, while her grandfather, Tom Hill, looks on.