Salisbury fire chief to be chairman of Rowan United Way Campaign

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 26, 2019

SALISBURY — Bob Parnell, chief of the Salisbury Fire Department, will serve as chairman of the 2019 Rowan County United Way Campaign, overseeing the annual fundraising effort on behalf of local human service agencies supported by the United Way.

“I am thrilled to again serve with the Rowan County United Way, especially in the capacity as campaign chairman,” Parnell said. “This year is very exciting as we use new methods to tackle our community’s largest problems.”

The 2018 countywide needs assessment was completed in December. Substance abuse, mental health and healthy lifestyle behaviors were the top three needs identified through that study. Rowan County United Way moved to a community impact model this year, designed to take these top issues and fund programs that have measurable results.

Parnell, originally from Oakhurst, New Jersey, became Salisbury firefighter in 1980 and fire chief in 2005 after moving up through the ranks. Parnell is a member of the Salisbury Rotary Club, the technical committee at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Shiloh United Methodist Church in Granite Quarry.

At United Way, he has served on the Campaign Cabinet, allocations panel and Day of Caring.

“We are so grateful to Bob or taking on this very important role in our community. He has always supported us through many aspects of the organization,” said Jackie Harris, associate director of Rowan United Way. “He will do a great job, and I am looking forward to working with him and his team.”

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