In addition to announcing its citizens of the year and its new board chairman, the United Way of the Midlands launched a new tool it will use to assess the metropolitan area's specific needs at its annual meeting Friday.
Mike and Nancy McCarthy were named the 2012 Citizens of the Year by last year's honoree, John Gottschalk. They make the 47th and 48th recipients of the award.
Mike McCarthy, chairman of McCarthy Capital, is a board member of Heritage Services, Lasting Hope Recovery Center, Joslyn Art Museum and Creighton University.
Nancy McCarthy serves on the board of Midwest Geriatrics, and she sponsored the Catch-a-Calf kids event for the annual 4-H Livestock Show.
The couple also have been grand marshals of the River City Rodeo.
Succeeding Terry Kroeger as United Way board chairman is Rodrigo Lopez, president of AmeriSphere Multifamily Finance, who will serve for one year. The 2014-2015 board chairman will be Lance Fritz, executive vice president of operations for Union Pacific.
Dan and Alison O'Neill were thanked for chairing the 2012 United Way of the Midlands campaign, which raised a record-breaking $23,265,000.
The organization also is launching a comprehensive assessment of local needs in partnership with the Omaha Community Foundation and the Iowa West Foundation.
People from across the Omaha-Bellevue-Council Bluffs area will be offered opportunities to speak up about challenges faced by both adults and children at town hall meetings. The process also will include a mailed and online survey. A report on the assessment will be delivered in November.