LIVE UNITED. The Greater Longview United Way (GLUW), in partnership with area businesses and organizations, is uniting our caring community to create real and lasting change.
GLUW board member, Tammy Gibbons, is working to carry out the United Way mission by serving as the 2013 campaign chair for the annual fundraising campaign, which will kick off on Thursday, September 12. The donations received through this campaign fuel the 36 programs, 18 partner agencies, and five initiatives served by the GLUW throughout the coming year.
Mrs. Gibbons understands, first hand, the positive impact local agencies can make on a family in crisis. As a high school student, Mrs. Gibbons and her two younger siblings were separated for a time from both their mother and father. During that difficult time the three children lived with grandparents and received help and support from many in their school and from numerous community agencies. “I’m sure many of those were United Way agencies,” Mrs. Gibbons said. “Without the help of those volunteering their time to help our family, I’m not sure where we would be today. My God and my faith tell me all things happen for a reason. Volunteering is a way to see that faith lived out and God at work in ways that only He can do.”
In addition to her support of the GLUW, Mrs. Gibbons is a founding member of Financial Women in Texas and has served as their membership chair, vice president, and president. She is a graduate of the Leadership Longview class of 2010, where she currently serves a chair of the leadership committee. Mrs. Gibbon is also a graduate of the GLUW Loaned Executive Program and will serve as the incoming membership chair for Zonta of Longview.
Born in Mesquite, Texas, Mrs. Gibbons has resided in Longview since 1978. She graduated from Spring Hill High School and earned her associate’s degree from Kilgore College. Mrs. Gibbons has received her general banking diploma and both her consumer lending and commercial lending diplomas from the American Institute of Banking. She is also a graduate of the Bank Operations Institute, presented by the Independent Bankers Association of Texas. Mrs. Gibbons is a senior vice president and cashier with Spring Hill State Bank. She and her husband, Jeff, have been married 30 years. They have three grown children, Justin, Jordan, and Joey, and one grandson, Jackson, age four. The Gibbons attend LifePoint Church where Mrs. Gibbons serves on the New Partners committee.
“I believe we are all called to give back to our communities,” Mrs. Gibbons said. “There are those in our community that experience hard times, even though they really don’t deserve them. Those that have in abundance are called to help those who do not.”
For more information on the Greater Longview United Way, please call 903-758-0191, or visit www.longviewunitedway.org.