Neighbors Who Care announced Sheryl Keeme has been named executive director of the nonprofit devoted to inspiring a robust network of volunteers who respond to the ever-changing needs of our aging community, helping them live at home with pride, dignity, and independence.
Keeme served as a volunteer helping with the Neighbors Who Care Fall Fair from 2015 to 2018. She has previously served in various fundraising and leadership roles for several national health charities. The Pennsylvania native succeeds Eric Ehst who led Neighbors Who Care for the last eight years. Keeme’s hiring comes as the Sun Lakes organization board of directors completed the revered capacity-building program offered through Virginia Piper. ATLAS is a Piper Trust project designed to increase the operational capacity and organizational resilience. ATLAS draws heavily on the principles in Nonprofit Lifecycles, the founder and lead, Dr. Susan Kenny Stevens’ award-winning book first published in 2001.
“Neighbors Who Care is an awe-inspiring nonprofit that achieves great outcomes and outputs with fewer dollars and scarce resources than many much larger charities. I am very excited to help lead NWC in delivering remarkable services in a climate of our new normal. The passion and strength of Neighbors Who Care lies in the hearts of every staff member and every volunteer, from the person making friendly check-in calls to the elderly, to those who serve as members of the board of directors,” Keeme said.
Keeme joins the organization with a background in nonprofit management, fundraising, and marketing. She is a writer, a fundraiser, and a marketer. She lives in Gilbert with her husband Al and Goldie, the couple’s rescue terrier.
About the organization: Neighbors Who Care is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994. Its mission is to assist the homebound, disabled, and/or frail elderly in the communities of Sun Lakes and South Chandler, which have the third highest population of elderly adults statewide, but lack sufficient wraparound human services programs to address the population’s needs, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Its operational goal is to recruit, train, and manage community volunteers to provide quality, non-medical assistive services to enrolled clients via a “neighbor helping neighbor” approach, which has helped our clients, on average, remain in their homes for an additional four years. Visit our website at www.neighborswhocare.com.