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Corey Surber

As the director of state advocacy for Trinity Health and Saint Alphonsus Health System, Corey is dedicated to improving the lives of Idahoans. This has led to a natural partnership with United Way of Treasure Valley.

“I invest my time and money in United Way because it provides the ‘table’ to convene so many public and private organizations in our community, and aligns them around collective impact to build a stronger community,” Corey says. “There is no other venue that brings together so many varied interests, including companies who are normally competitors, and everyone checks their self-interest at the door and collaborates to lift our community in very strategic ways.”

Corey started volunteering with United Way more than a decade ago. She also acted as the workplace campaign coordinator at Saint Alphonsus, channeling her coworkers’ passion for healing and investing in community initiatives outside the hospital walls.

In 2009, Corey joined the United Way Board of Directors, helping United Way transition from a conduit connecting the community’s charitable donations to a vehicle for collective impact.

“Since then, I have seen United Way make huge strides, becoming a true ‘Change Agent’ in our community,” Corey says, citing United Way’s leadership in developing in-depth Community Needs Assessments and using data to launch programs like the Caldwell P16 Education Project and the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline.

Corey has embraced United Way and its mission to fight for the health, education and financial stability of everyone in the community.

“I give to the United Way Community Fund because it is the wisest investment I can make to build a stronger, healthier community for my daughters, and their children,” she says. “Three teams of dedicated community volunteers spend countless hours as United Way Vision Council members, evaluating the effectiveness of local nonprofit agencies, and help us allocate our community’s charitable donations for the greatest impact to help local children and families succeed.” 

Corey + United Way = Breaking down barriers