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United Way President Rob Rains to Retire

Rob Rains announced his retirement November 4, 2022 after 28 years of service. Rob has served as the President of United Way of Brevard County since June of 1994. During his tenure, Rob has been instrumental in making our United Way an innovative agency focused on programs and services to support the needs of the citizens of Brevard County. His efforts led Brevard County to become the first community in Florida and seventh in the nation to establish a 2-1-1 information and referral system. More recently, Rob has emerged a champion in early childhood reading in Brevard.

According to Lynda Weatherman United Way Board Chair, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we wish Rob all the best in this major life decision. Rob and I both began in our respective roles here in Brevard in 1994, and I want to publicly thank him for his service and dedication to this community.”

Rob’s tenure with United Way began when he joined the United Way in Gainesville in early 1985. In 1989, Rob was selected by the United Way of Martin County in Stuart to serve as their Executive Director, later joining United Way of Brevard.
Rob Rains stated “It has been a wonderful ride. I started my career with United Way in Gainesville in 1984 and served the last 28 years here in Brevard – 38 years total. I’ve had the pleasure of working with amazing people over the years. And I’m proud of the good work that together was done to make a difference in the lives of so many. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to serve so many years. It’s just time. These last three years, leading through the pandemic has taken a toll. I’m tired. It was clear that it would be best to retire now. I wish the United Way continued success.”

Effective immediately, Caron Partridge Vice President, Communications will begin service as Interim President. Caron has 20 years of service with our United Way. “The Executive Committee has full faith that she will work alongside the transition team to ensure organizational goals and objectives are met,” said Weatherman.