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Cotter Hired At Foundation


The Foundation for Community Care held a barbecue for Sidney Health Center Employee Pledge Campaign, Pictured are, from left, executive director Gina Heckey, community engagement coordinator Heather Cotter, fundraising assistant Lori Wilhelm and board member Dave Williams.

The Foundation for Community Care welcomes Heather Cotter as its new community engagement coordinator. Cotter began her position May 16 and will spend her time reaching out to the community and keeping people informed about who is involved with the foundation and what they do through social media.

Additionally, she will be out in the public, meeting people, helping out with events, and reaching out to different groups in the community. Her position focuses on diversifying donors and volunteers, renewing interest, and finding and filling in gaps in community awareness.

"We are really excited to have Heather on staff at the foundation. She has a wonderful history in the area, and will do really great things to create partnerships in Sidney and throughout Richland County," executive director Gina Heckey said.

Cotter, who grew up in Glendive and moved to Sidney in 1993, has recently returned to the area after spending a year in Centralia, Wash., pursuing personal interests. Prior to that, she worked at the Richland County/Sidney Library for nine years and served as the director for one year of that time.

"I had an amazing job at the library and now I have another amazing job, so I feel incredibly fortunate for that. I enjoy working for organizations that are involved in the community. It's fun to go to work knowing that I'm doing something I really care about; I'm a people-person and I enjoy social media so I think my work here will be rewarding and worthwhile," Cotter said.

Cotter and her husband, Troy, are glad to be back in Sidney.

"I really missed that friendly-family atmosphere and the easy-going nature of the people here. I will always be glad that we lived in Washington for a while, but this is home. The changing seasons, the quiet stillness after the first snow of the year, tremendous thunder storms, the sense of community, knowing it's only going to take about five minutes to get from one part of town to the next... I didn't realize I was going to miss those things until I was gone," she laughed.

With all the familiarity that she is happy to have back, Cotter is also looking forward to all the new experiences she'll be having with the foundation. She realizes that the organization has a strong, sustainable, positive impact on the community and is eager to do her part and represent it well.

Cotter adds, "Sidney is a great place and the Foundation for Community Care is a great organization; I'm happy to be a part of both."


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