Who We Are

What is United Way?


For over ninety years, United Way of Alamance County has been fiercely committed to building strong, successful families and a better Alamance County. Each member of the United Way team supports a powerful movement to impact the county’s most pressing health and human service needs.

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Heidi Norwick President hnorwick@uwalamance.org
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Heidi Norwick


United Way of Alamance County

Heidi Norwick became the President of United Way of Alamance County in 2014. She joined the United Way staff in 2012 to serve as the Director of Community Impact. Prior to joining United Way, she was the Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center in Alamance County for 16 years. Heidi was awarded the Founder’s Award by the Women’s Resource Center for her dedication to mentoring others in leadership and for an impactful career in nonprofit work.

Heidi serves on multiple Boards of Directors and committees including the Alamance County Children’s Executive Oversight Committee, Healthy Alamance Board of Directors, Alamance Achieves Executive Team, Community Oversight Committee, and the Alamance Chamber Board.  All of these commitments focus in United Way’s key priority areas of health, education, and financial stability.

Norwick has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from New York Institute of Technology and a Duke Certificate in Non-profit Management. Norwick was born and raised in Franklin Square, New York and moved to Burlington, North Carolina in 1993.  She has been married to her husband Howie for 32 years and they have 3 grown children.  In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking and getting to the beach whenever possible.

April Durr Director of Community Impact adurr@uwalamance.org
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April Durr

Director of Community Impact

United Way of Alamance County

April Durr joined the team in 2014 and serves as our Director of Community Impact. Her main responsibilities include managing our annual grant program and convening partners around important community initiatives.

April brings more than 18 years of nonprofit experience to United Way of Alamance County, most recently she spent 7 years as the executive director for Healthy Alamance.  April is known for her work on the Alamance County Community Assessment, advocating for fixed-route public transportation and projects such as North Park in Motion.  Her work has earned civic awards from alma mater Elon University, the Governor’s Task Force for Healthy Carolinians, Triad Business Journal, and Women’s Resource Center.  She is active on various boards and committees, such as the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Stepping Up, and Alamance Racial Equity Alliance.  A native from Long Island, NY choosing to make North Carolina home, April is a foodie who enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Julie McAteer Director of Finance and Administration jmcateer@uwalamance.org
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Julie McAteer

Director of Finance and Administration

United Way of Alamance County

Julie McAteer joined the United Way in May 2014 and serves as our Director of Finance.  Julie is a graduate of Elon University with a degree in Finance and a minor in Accounting.  Her work experience includes both public accounting and the private sector, serving in Office Managerial and Accounting roles.

Julie currently serves on multiple committees and board including the Impact Alamance Community Grant Advisory Committee, Alamance Chamber Leadership Alamance Alumni Association Advisory Board, and The Burlington School Development Committee. She is very active in Relay for Life, having served on the Fundraising committee and hosting her own team. She was a member of the Leadership Alamance Class of 2016 and is also involved in her church and various other community projects.

Julie was born and raised in Burlington and resides here with her husband and son.  Julie enjoys spending time with her family at the beach and loves watching sports– especially baseball and football!

Ruth Pruitt Senior Administrator rpruitt@uwalamance.org
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Ruth Pruitt

Senior Administrator

United Way of Alamance County

If you’ve called the United Way of Alamance County office in the last 16 years, you’ve probably had the pleasure of speaking to Ruth Pruitt, Senior Administrator.  Ruth is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University with a degree in Special Education.  After teaching in the Alamance-Burlington School System for 11 years, she decided to make a change.  Working at United Way gives Ruth a chance to work behind the scenes to help make our community a better place to live.

Ruth was born and raised in Graham and now lives in Burlington with her husband and three sons.  She is active with the Children’s Ministry at her church, likes to help at school with her children, and enjoys spending time with extended family.

Kellee Hawley Community Outreach Coordinator khawley@uwalamance.org
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Kellee Hawley

Community Outreach Coordinator

United Way of Alamance County

Kellee Hawley came on board with United Way of Alamance County as a part-time temporary employee assisting with their Fall Campaign pledge processing in September 2016. It became apparent that her passion for volunteerism, especially with her desire to involve our county’s youth, would be a valuable asset to organization. She started a full-time position as the Campaign and Program Assistant beginning in January 2017.

Kellee’s work experience includes over 10 years of sales and marketing with large retailers and industrial suppliers. More recently, she was the Assistant Director of a local afterschool and summer day camp program which allowed her to spend fun filled summers and school day afternoons with her children.

A Northampton County native and East Carolina University graduate, she and her husband are proud parents to three daughters. They have resided in Alamance County for almost 20 years. Kellee also loves cooking and watching a good documentary.