Baltimore, Md. – September 10, 2014 – Andrew Bertamini, president of Wells Fargo Bank for the Maryland region, will lead the 2014 United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) fundraising campaign, which launches this month. The campaign aims to raise more than $24 million for programs advancing education, financial stability and health for central Marylanders.
“Wells Fargo has long believed in the importance of investing in the communities we serve. Here in central Maryland, the need for programs that create economic prosperity, health and success is tremendous,” Bertamini said. “United Way of Central Maryland brings together businesses, nonprofits, government and individuals around a shared vision of helping families, neighborhoods and entire communities achieve their full potential.”
This year, Wells Fargo celebrates the 100th anniversary of arriving in Maryland. In 1914, Wells Fargo arrived on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, opening offices in 106 Maryland communities. The company has a long history helping improve lives and strengthen communities.
Beyond spearheading fundraising efforts for the annual campaign, Bertamini will focus on building awareness for United Way of Central Maryland’s Family Stability Initiative — an expanding program aimed at preventing family homelessness and breaking the cycle of poverty through rapid rehousing, shelter diversion, intensive case management, financial literacy and workforce training.
“It is an honor to have Andy Bertamini lead United Way of Central Maryland’s 2014 campaign. Our work in the community cannot not be accomplished without leaders like Andy stepping up to connect more volunteers and donors with our mission,” said Patricia M.C. Brown, chairwoman of UWCM’s board of directors, senior vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine and president of Johns Hopkins Healthcare LLC.
In 2013, Wells Fargo employees donated a total of $64.9 million to United Way campaigns nationally, and the organization was named the largest workplace campaign in the U.S. for the fifth consecutive year by United Way Worldwide.
Bertamini has served on a variety of boards with missions based on education, health and financial stability. Currently, he serves on the boards of Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc., the Greater Baltimore Committee, Maryland Council on Economic Education, Baltimore Workforce Investment Board and the Downtown Partnership. He is also president of the board of Furman L. Templeton Preparatory Academy.
About United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM)
For nearly 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been the region’s human service leader, encouraging all central Marylanders to give, advocate and volunteer. Its mission is to mobilize the community to improve people’s lives. UWCM is dedicated to advancing education, financial stability and health for low-income individuals and families in central Maryland. By drawing upon local knowledge, data and expertise to understand the community’s needs, UWCM is able to identify where gaps exist and concentrate on what works in addressing them – serving as a powerful advocate on critical health and human issues. UWCM supports programs and initiatives in the city of Baltimore and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. For more information, visit www.uwcm.org
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives and stories are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com and at wellsfargo.com/stories.
Source: United Way of Central Maryland