The United Way of Tyler/Smith County is celebrating 70 years of service to the community, and board member, chair-elect Douglas Bolles supports the organization’s vision of engaging donors and empowering service providers to meet the needs of the surrounding area. Through partnership with the community, the United Way can inspire hope to create opportunities and long-lasting changes for a better tomorrow.
“The United Way Campaign has just kicked off, with a goal of $1.7 million,” Mr. Bolles said. “I hope we will greatly exceed the goal not only because the need is great within our community, but because the opportunities for great things to be accomplished through the amazing work of the organizations that receive funds from the United Way are even greater.”
Prior to being named chair-elect for the United Way, Mr. Bolles served as the organization’s allocations committee chair, and has also served as board chair for the Camp Tyler Foundation. Presently he serves as grants chair on the executive committee of the East Texas Communities Foundation, and is a member of the East Texas Estate Planning Council.
“We have one life to live, and if we do not live it in service to others, it is not a life well lived. This begins with family and includes those with whom we worship, work, and with whom we live as friends and neighbors,” Mr. Bolles said. “It also includes those with whom we have no direct association but whose lives may be bettered by ours.”
Born in Concord, Massachusetts, Mr. Bolles has lived in Tyler for ten years. He and his wife, Gwen, are the parents of three adult children. Mr. Bolles is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and Warnborough College in Oxford, England. He also holds degrees from the New England School of Banking at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts; the American Bankers Association Wealth Management School at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Texas Trust School at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Mr. Bolles is an executive vice president with Southside Bank. The Bolles family attends GraceLife Fellowship Church.
“We initially moved to here (to Tyler) to be closer to family, but, knowing what we do now about this uniquely wonderful place, we would have gladly moved here without any family connections,” Mr. Bolles said.
For more information about how you can participate in the 2010 Campaign, contact the United Way of Tyler/Smith County at 903-581-6376 or www.unitedwaytyler.org.