Board Member Spotlight

Dr. Gloria Bonner

Dr. Gloria Bonner

Tell us about how you initially became involved with United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties and what led you to become a member of the Board of Directors?

I have been involved with UWRCC for as long as I can remember. The organization’s mission, to improve lives by advancing opportunities for education, health and financial stability for all, is consistent with my personal mission of “service above self” and community advocacy.

My personal mission is to develop and maintain effective networks and relationships through advocacy, engagement, and empowerment.

Is there a particular moment or memory that stands out for you during your time with United Way?

One of my greatest honors has been the opportunity to coordinate and facilitate the annual MTSU Giving Campaign from 2008 – 2017. It was an opportunity of a lifetime and an ideal example of the ability and responsibility to establish a campus culture or institutional responsiveness to community needs. Additionally, it speaks to the commitment to develop and maintain on-going close relationships with UWRCC. This partnership, in turn, plays a vital role in ensuring continuous and meaningful impact.

What makes our organization’s mission powerful for you?

There are three institutions within our community that represent the blueprint or the gold standard of life through UWRCC:

1.Education: the “sine qua non” of life.

2.Health and Wellness: mind, body, and soul

3.Financial stability: economic security and peace of mind

United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is the local organization that represents advancing opportunities in all three areas. I am honored to be a part of an organization that embraces the immediate needs of the community in these areas in strategic and deliberate ways.

Which of the Bold Goals stands out to you the most and why?

The Bold Goal, beginning at birth, with a focus on improving kindergarten readiness of 50% by the year 2030 is uniquely aligned with my lifelong mission as a professional educator. My extensive experiences in public education and higher education for a total of 45 years, combined with established linkages to local, regional, state, and national constituencies of the University, provide a unique set of attributes toward my contributions in the area of education.

What do you think other people should know about this organization?

As a change agent, UWRCC strives to make a difference in the life of the local community in significant ways. For example, the organization uses a “hands-on” approach to resolving issues that positively impact the underserved, underrepresented, and underclass among us. The UWRCC platform makes it possible for people’s voices to be heard and needs met in tangible and significant ways.