Each summer, the Greater Longview United Way (GLUW) partners with area organizations and businesses willing to take on the challenge to “jump start” the annual campaign by becoming a Pacesetter.
Kevin Cummings is helping to carry out the GLUW mission by serving as campaign chairman for the City of Longview, one of the area Pacesetters. The Pacesetter companies are energetic about taking a leadership role and setting the standard for community support. They hope to inspire other organizations and businesses to follow their lead when holding their own campaigns.
In addition to his volunteer service with United Way, Mr. Cummings serves as secretary for Longview South Rotary, is a member of the Longview housing division grant review committee, and is a graduate of the 2008 Leadership Longview class and the 2010 GLUW Loaned Executive Program.
“Volunteerism is simply getting to know people, finding out what their needs are, and then helping to make things better,” Mr. Cummings said. “I seem to find myself doing more ‘administrative volunteering’ these days, but I have always enjoyed working on Habitat houses and doing street clean-up with my Rotary group.”
Mr. Cummings was born in Dallas, Texas, and has lived in Longview 21 years. He graduated from Pine Tree High School and earned his bachelor of science degree in biology/chemistry from the University of North Texas in Denton. Mr. Cummings is a graduate of the Certified Public Manager program at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has been employed by the City of Longview as Director of Development Services for ten years. Mr. Cummings and his wife of 19 years, Melinda (Mindy), have one son, Carter, 12.
“I am very lucky that in my job I meet a large cross-section of citizens. I have found them all to be warm, friendly people who care about their neighbors. When I volunteer, I see these same folks making a difference in our world, and it simply makes me happy,” Mr. Cummings said.