Amanda Meier is a proud fourth generation member of the United Auto Workers (UAW) and has been working for General Motors (GM) Fort Wayne Assembly Plant for over fifteen years. She has one fur baby named Rico that she adopted from Lennox Legacy Rescue just last year. Her hobbies include volunteering, hunting, fishing, and traveling. She is a trustee on the UAW Local 2209 Executive Board and is serving her third term as the Chair of the UAW’s Greater Allen County UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Council. Amanda is especially proud of her volunteer efforts with her union. She believes that the partnership between United Way and Organized Labor makes the community a greater place. She says, “our partnership is strong because our missions are the same. Organized Labor and the United Way have a long, proud history of working together to strengthen our communities, and we will continue to work together for the greater good.”
Amanda currently sits on our Community Service and Union Committee. She has been donating to United Way through the UAW/GM workplace campaign for over 10 years, helping with events such as Stamp Out Hunger, Day of Caring, and Over the Edge. Last year, Amanda was able to raise over $1000 for United Way’s Over the Edge campaign and rappel 8 stories down the PNC building with a team of members from her local union. Amanda personally understands the importance of United Way’s efforts in Allen County. Growing up in a divorced, low-income household, she got to see how people in our community can suffer from poverty. “Due to my experiences as a child, I can relate to the families that United Way assists through their partnerships and because of that it’s important to me to be involved in an organization that provides so many resources to families in need,” Amanda explained.
Having been a hard worker her whole life, Amanda knows other people can perceive her as having a rough exterior. She has often been described as intense or intimidating because she can be a very direct and straightforward person. However, beneath that rough exterior is a heart of gold. The type of person that you would want on your team while you are trying to fight for justice, and we are so grateful that she is part of United Way’s community efforts.
Amanda has witnessed Allen County’s growth over the last couple of years. She is excited to continue to witness it grow even larger, but she hopes that in its growth, it will not forget those who already live in our community. “I am hopeful that Allen County can continue to grow AND be a place where people from all walks of life can live and prosper,” Amanda explains. We hope, too, that Allen County will continue to be an inclusive place for people from all walks of life.
Thank you, Amanda, for working hard to create a community where all can thrive.