Valley United Way has announced the appointment of Shelton resident Jimmy Tickey as the 2016-2017 annual Community Campaign Chair. Tickey and his team of selected Campaign Cabinet members, comprised of volunteers from the community in the professional and residential arenas, will lead the organization to its goal of raising $1 million in support of 23 health and human services organizations serving our Valley community. Jimmy Tickey grew up in Shelton, attended Shelton Public Schools, and graduated from Fordham University in New York City with a degree in Business Administration and Economics. Jimmy has a strong sense of service to his community and has been involved with the Valley United Way since he was in Valley United Way\u2019s Youth Leadership Program in high school. He is proud to lead the Valley United Way Community Campaign this year and is looking forward to working with community leaders, businesses and residents to collectively fight for a stronger community. Jimmy hopes to strengthen families across the Valley, encourage youth to succeed and assist people in crisis. \u201cWe are very excited to have Jimmy leading the campaign this year\u201d, said Sara Aylward, Valley United Way Director of Resource Development. \u201cJimmy and I served together as Valley United Way Youth Leaders back in high school and it is great that we can work together again to support an organization that gave us our start in nonprofit. Jimmy\u2019s passion for the United Way mission and his dedication to our community are both tremendous assets for Valley United Way.\u201d Aside from his active role with Valley United Way, Jimmy is also on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley and is a Corporator for Griffin Hospital. Jimmy serves as Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro\u2019s Campaign Manager and operates his own consulting business - JWN - advising small businesses, professional groups, non-profit organizations and campaigns. In 2013, Jimmy was elected to the City of Shelton\u2019s Planning & Zoning Commission. Jimmy was previously elected to the City of Shelton\u2019s Board of Apportionment and Taxation, where he worked to decrease the tax-rate while maintaining key city services. Jimmy was recently named Connecticut\u2019s Top 40 under 40. To Join in the Fight for a Stronger Community and help Valley United Way reach its goal, visit www.valleyunitedway.org or call (203) 926-9478. Valley United Way is a registered 501(c)(3) organization serving Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, and Seymour.