United Way's executive director, Millie Beall, has a new agenda.
After serving Routt County residents and United Way member agencies for six years, Beall is retiring to travel and give her service to another community.
Turning in her resignation was difficult, Beall said.
"I felt so guilty when I announced I was leaving," she said. "Until the applications came in."
United Way's search committee, which is charged with finding Beall's replacement, has received 30 applications for the executive director position. Half of the applicants are area residents.
"I was thrilled with the pool of applicants," Beall said, adding that it makes her feel better about leaving her post at the end of April. She also feels good about the trips she has planned to New Zealand and China. Beall plans to join the Peace Corps in Latin America in fall 2007.
United Way's mission is to provide a united effort to anticipate the health and human service needs in Routt County and to raise and allocate money to help meet those needs. Its programs include fundraising, the Nonprofit Excellence Project, the Day of Caring, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Wishes, Toys for Tots and the Human Resource Coalition.
Beall's position is a big one to fill.
The new executive director will be responsible for allocating and distributing $800,000.
Routt County United Way board member Roberta Gill said Beall's absence will be felt.
"Millie's done a fabulous job, especially interacting with the Human Resources Coalition and all the agencies that make up the United Way," Gill said. "The years that she's been here, the fundraising capabilities have increased every year, and this year we raised more than half a million dollars. She was a big part of that. Millie will be sorely missed."
Beall said she gave her United Way peers 11 months' notice to ensure there was enough time to find the right replacement. She hopes the new executive director "has a passion for the community and a connection to the health and residents of Routt County. They must be willing to support and advocate for all of the (member) agencies," she said. "And make sure that all of the agencies are held accountable."
Gill said the search committee hopes to name Beall's replacement soon so the new director can spend time working with and learning from Beall.
Beall said she looks forward to retirement.
"I'm joining my husband in retirement because he's having way too much fun without me," she said.