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United Way Board Spotlight: Patrick Goggin

Patrick Goggin moved to Grand Rapids in July of 2015 when he accepted his current position as Chief Financial Officer of the Grand Rapids School District. He has four grown children and seven wonderfully spoiled grandchildren. Goggin loves the Itasca area with the many activities and events held here in the community, and he especially loves fishing, taking walks, and reading. 

What inspired you to be involved with United Way?
I thought that belonging to an organization like the United Way would give me an opportunity to get more involved in the community.

What is the most rewarding thing you have taken from this experience?
Regardless of what is happening in the world today, if you focus on the things you can personally impact, you will find there are many more acts of kindness and caring in this world than some people would have you believe.

What is one word you would use to sum up United Way’s work?


What impresses you most about Itasca?
The beautiful scenery, wonderful business community, and excellent educational system.

What is one thing about United Way that you think most people don’t know?
The organization works very hard to make sure that the funds that have been entrusted to them, are given to legitimate, caring groups and individuals that will have the most impact in our area. 

What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in United Way?

If anyone have questions or concerns, they should talk to a current or past board member and they will find out that United Way of 1,000 Lakes will make sure their donation helps and touches as many local individuals and causes as possible.