Corrie Ponikvar: Area woman receives prestigious role |

Corrie Ponikvar: Area woman receives prestigious role

Moffat County United Way announced that Community Impact Coordinator Amanda Arnold has been appointed to the Advancing Bridges Board of Directors.

“I feel very privileged to be part of this board and to have the opportunity to work with some amazing community leaders from all around the United States,” Arnold said. “I look forward to contributing to the wonderful work this board is doing.”

Advancing Bridges is a national nonprofit organization comprised of community leaders from around the U.S., all of whom seek lasting solutions to end poverty and build community sustainability at the local, regional, and national levels by advancing the Bridges Out of Poverty constructs and other tools for transformation. Through the efforts of its members, Advancing Bridges will change the way our society thinks about poverty and the steps necessary to achieve its elimination.

Amanda first learned about the Advancing Bridges board when she attended last year’s National Bridges Out of Poverty Conference in Oklahoma and she was intrigued by the work they were doing and what they planned to accomplish. This year when she was at the National Bridges Out of Poverty Conference, she attended an Advancing Bridges board meeting where she had the opportunity to express her interest in being a board member. Before the conference ended Amanda was informed she had been appointed to the board.

“Amanda’s enthusiasm and commitment for changing her community’s view of poverty makes her a perfect choice for our national organization. We look forward to her contribution,” Al Rivett, president of Advancing Bridges Inc., said in a statement.

The Advancing Bridges goals include:

■ Implement short and long term plans to develop strategic, collaborative partnerships with policy makers.

■ Develop specific policy changes needed to advance Bridges and its success to eliminate poverty.

■ Promote Bridges to specific persons of influence when the opportunities arise.

■ Develop a new-to-Bridges starter kit and an organizational assessment tool.

■ Collect data across as many sites as possible to show collective impact.

For details about Moffat County United Way, call Corrie Ponikvar at 970-824-6222 or visit

Corrie Ponikvar

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