He’s well known in the Ohio Valley, having worked to help people his entire life.
Now George Smoulder is about to retire as executive director of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.
And that’s only the most recent portion of his career in the helping professions.
He doesn’t talk much about it, but he has three masters degrees–in counseling, business administration and social work.
He has worked with juveniles and with addicted individuals.
He was director of Catholic Charities for 29 years, and director of the United Way for the past ten years.
He says the Ohio Valley is remarkably generous to those in need.
“Not just in terms of money, but in terms of time and talent, people willing to go out and help those in need,” Smoulder noted. “People coming up with ideas, common sense ways of how to get around barriers and resolve things. The generosity, the compassion of the people here, neighbors helping neighbors, has just been, I find, very uplifting.”
Smoulder will step down from the United Way in April.
He and his wife Mary plan to move to Columbus to spend more time with their children and five grandchildren.
But they already have plans to come back to Wheeling several times a month to do volunteer work.