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The United Way of Jasper County will have a new face beginning Sept. 3. Jessica Lowe, of Newton, has been named the incoming Executive Director at the United Way.

“I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of the United Way of Jasper County,” Lowe said. “The job allows me to continue to work with nonprofits and to have an impact on lives throughout the county.”

Lowe has served as the Marketing and Membership Director at the YMCA since April 2010. Prior to joining the YMCA, she was a staff reporter and niche publications editor at the Newton Daily News for nearly five years. Lowe will replace longtime United Way Executive Director Travis Padget. Padget’s last day is Sept. 12, and he has accepted a position with Edward Jones Investments.

“Travis has done amazing things at the United Way and has left big shoes to fill,” Lowe said. “As executive director, Travis has increased giving, helped facilitate the purchase of a new building and permanent home for the office, and organized the new volunteer software that connects volunteers with nonprofits in the county that need help. I hope that I can continue the great work he has done for the partner agencies and area communities.”

In addition to the transition of a new executive director, the United Way’s annual campaign kick-off will be on Sept. 4, with a campaign goal of $363,000.

“It is exciting to jump right into the campaign,” Lowe said. “It will be great to work side by side with Travis as the campaign gets underway and to meet all the campaign volunteers and staff of the partner agencies. I have so many ideas but first it is the campaign and raising as much money as possible to help as many people as we can in Jasper County.”

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