The following is a press release from the United Way of Cape May County:
The current economic crisis is taking its toll on the United Way of Cape May County. The charity lost a major state grant earlier this year, and on Tuesday, June 15 its executive board voted with regret to approve a staff restructuring that would eliminate the position of longtime Executive Director, Suzanne Nardi.
Unfortunately, recent cuts to state grants and declining donations put a strain on the organization. As a result, the board decided that eliminating the executive position would allow the United Way to continue its mission and maintain funding levels for many local programs. It’s a dilemma many other charities and non-profits are also facing.
Nardi was employed by the county United Way for 20 years, during which time, she oversaw the implementation of the agency’s First Call for Help food pantry and hot lunch program and worked with hundreds of volunteers, partner agencies and donors to assist Cape May County residents in crisis. She is perhaps most familiar as the person who launched and maintained the now-famous Rubber Ducky Regatta.
“It was a difficult decision for everyone,” Board President Jim Farrell said. “But with the decrease in funding, it is necessary. We are grateful to Suzanne for all she’s done in the community, and we wish her the best in all her future endeavors.”